Knightly Family History

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Knightly Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Knightley in Staffordshire, named in Old English as ‘the wood or clearing of the retainers’, from cnihta, genitive plural of cnihta ‘servant’, ‘retainer’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Knighton, Keighley, Knight, Highley, Golightly, Knights, Leighton

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Knightly Family Origin

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Knightly Family Occupations

What did your Knightly ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Works Paper Mill and Common Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knightly. The most common Knightly occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Knightly's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Knightly family was Hackman.

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  • Farmer

    24%
  • Works Paper Mill

    12%
  • Common Laborer

    6%
  • Hackman

    6%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Knightly ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Knightly Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Knightly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knightly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Knightly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Knightly. For the veterans among your Knightly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knightly Life Expectancy

What is the average Knightly lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Knightly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Knightly in 1950 was 40, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Knightly

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knightly ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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