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Recorded in several forms as shown in the recordings below, this ancient and very English name is either topographical or just possibly a nickname. Taking the former, it derives from the pre 7th century word "cnoll", or the Middle English "knol", both meaning a hill top, and hence describing a person who lived at such a place. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided obvious and convenient distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.

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mark knowles

My father's father died when he was young i.e. too young to know where our Family surname comes from so the best he could surmise is Welsh and I hope that is it, one of the other choices is Irish

mark knowles

My father's father died when he was young too young to know where our Family surname comes from so the best he could surmise is Welsh and I hope that i it one of the other choices is Irish

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