The surname of NOTTLE was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Knut, or from the Old English Cnotta. It was a nickname given to a thickset person. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records of the name mention Cnut, Cnud and Canut (without surnames) listed as tenants in the Domesday Book of 1086. Randulph filius Cnot was documented in the year 1191 in County Devon. Robert Cnot of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.
Canute, of which Knott is a variant was the Danish King of England (1016-1035) famous for commanding the sea to hold back!.
James Rokeby and Judith Knott were married at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1662. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers, and Hugo Cnot, granted an annual rent of two shillings to the Priory of Inchcolm in 1210, and appears to be the first of the name on record there. Richard Knut witnessed registration of the lands of Langholm and Brakanwra in 1281.
Adam Knout and John Knout were burgesses of Roxburgh in the year 1296. The name has many variant spellings which include Knout, Knut, Knud and Canute. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Registered in County Sussex.
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