Meta Frances Knight

12 December 1902–5 April 1953 (Age 50)
Billingshurst, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Meta Frances

When Meta Frances Knight was born on 12 December 1902, in Billingshurst, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, her father, Francis Botting Knight, was 31 and her mother, Nora Agnes O'Grady, was 25. She married William Pollington on 31 January 1925, in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 5 April 1953, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 50.

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Family Time Line

William Pollington
1895–1959
Meta Frances Knight
1902–1953
Marriage: 31 January 1925
John Pollington
1927–1950

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
31 January 1925
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
children

(1)

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(5)

    Alfred Dennis Knight

    Male1897–Male

    May Knight

    Female1901–Female

    Female1902–1953Female

    Female1909–2000Female

    Ethel Rose Knight

    Female1911–Female

World Events (8)

1904 · The Entente Cordiale

Age 2

The Entente Cordiale was signed between Britain and France on April 8, 1904, to reconcile imperial interests and pave the way for future diplomatic cooperation. This ended hundreds of years of conflict between the two states.
1908

Age 6

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1918

Age 16

WWI ends in November with armistice. The number of UK war dead runs to several hundred thousand.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Meta Frances Knight, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938"
  • Mita Francis Knight in household of Maria Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1911"
  • Meta Frances Pollington, "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993"

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