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Origins of the Knowles surname

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About the Knowleses

We have a total number of 179232 records for people with the last name Knowles.

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Alternative variations of the name Knowles

Knowles, Knoles, Knolls, Knollys, Noles, Nowell, Nowells

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Where do most Knowleses live?

In 1921, most Knowleses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Knowleses

How common is your surname?

264th most common surname in the UK

We have 158,000 records for the Knowles surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Knowleses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Knowles first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Knowleses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Knowleses in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means




Common Male occupations for Knowleses in 1921
Coal Miner




Cotton Weaver


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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