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