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Knighton Surname History

The Knighton surname is an English locational surname. A combination of the Old English words 'cnitha', which means 'servant' or 'retainer' and also the root word for 'knight', and 'tun' which is 'enclosure' or 'settlement'. The particular Knighton location it comes from is not known, being either a now lost medieval village or one of the hamlets found in Dorset, Lindridge or Leicester.

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Knighton Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The Knighton name is English, although the particular location it was named after is not known. Three are three hamlets named Knighton which can be found in Dorset, Lindridge and Leicester. However, it could also come from a now lost medieval village. Currently, the Knighton name is most common in Derbyshire, followed by Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Yorkshire, Lancashire and Huntingdonshire also have many members of the family.

Knighton Meaning & Etymology

The Knighton surname is a combination of the Old English words 'cnitha', which means 'servant' or 'retainer' and also the root word for 'knight', and 'tun' which is 'enclosure' or 'settlement'.

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Understanding misspellings and alternate spellings of the Knighton surname are important to understanding the possible origins of the name. Family names like Knighton transform in their spelling as they travel across villages, family unions, and languages across time. In the past, when few people knew how to write, names such as Knighton were transliterated based on their pronunciation when people's names were written in official records. This could have led to misspellings of Knighton.

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