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What does the name Knight mean?

The origin of the Knight surname is English. It derives from the Middle English 'kniht' and the Anglo-Saxon 'cniht'. Knight is an occupational surname but may not always be applied to those who are have been given a knighthood and their descendants. It is equally likely to apply to a man-at-arms or other form of military follower, and in some cases even a servant or retainer.

The earliest occurrence of the Knight surname in our family history documents is from 1400, and we currently have 1,753,388 records where Knight appears.

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