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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Typical jobs for Knights
Hard-working people, the Knights. 2549 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Knights lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Knight in London.
Knights’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Knights were angels, apparently. We found 2231 in criminal records.
Knights in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3252 Knights served in the First World War.