Susanna Knight

28 December 1770–3 August 1773
Honiton, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Susanna

When Susanna Knight was christened on 28 December 1770, in Honiton, Devon, England, United Kingdom, her father, James Knight, was 46 and her mother, Ann, was 44. She died on 3 August 1773, at the age of 2, and was buried in Honiton, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

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James Knight
John Knight
Henry Knight
Mary Knight
Susanna Knight
Mary Knight

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    James Knight





    John Knight


    Henry Knight


    Mary Knight




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)

  • Susanna Knight, "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887"
  • Susannah Knight, "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887"
  • Susanna Knight, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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