When Ronald Earl Knight was born in 1917, his father, John Harkley Knight, was 33 and his mother, Ethelyn Mae Fuller, was 19. He died on 25 July 1944, in France, at the age of 27.
English: status or occupational name from Middle English knight ‘retainer, attendant’ (Old English cniht ‘boy, youth, lad)’. The specialized feudal sense ‘a high-ranking tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier’ is not known to have ever given rise to the surname, although it is not out of the question that it may occasionally have been used as a nickname, perhaps for someone who played the part of an armed knight in a local pageant.
Irish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the knight’. See also McKnight .