Knoll Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Knoll Name Origin & History

Variations of this name are: Knolle, Knolls, Knoell.

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Knoll Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Knoll blazon are the chevron, rose and annulet. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, argent and or .

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262. The rose is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It has long been present in English heraldry, and as a badge and symbol played an enormous in English history throughout the conflict between rival dynasties known as the War of the Roses. In addition to these familial uses, Wade suggests that red roses signify “beauty and grace” and the white represents “love and faith”. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133

For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 14A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the annulet is a good example, being a circular ring of any colour. They also appear interlaced or one within the other, both of which are very pleasing additions. Wade believes that these were one of the symbols of ancient pilgrims. 15The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P19

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Knoll Name

Knoll Origin:

England, Germany

Origins of Knoll:

The surname of Knoll is considered to be a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. In the case of the surname of Knoll, this surname can be used to describe someone who lived on or near a hilltop or a mountain peak. The word itself hails from the Middle English word of “knolle” which can be translated to mean “hilltop,” or the Old English word of “cnolll,” which can also be translated to mean “hilltop.” In Germany, the surname of Knoll was also topographical for a hilltop or a peak, but in this case can be derived from the Middle High German word of “knol,” which can be translated to mean “peak.” Another possible origin of the surname of Knoll is that it can be used as a locational surname for many English towns. Since the surname of Knoll may be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Knoll, the place from which this surname may have derived include Knole in the area of Kent in England, or Knowle in Dorset, West Midlands. Finally, the surname of Knoll may be a nickname for a clumsy person or a peasant, which itself comes from the Middle High Germand word of “knolle,” which can be translated to mean “clod,” or “lump.” It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress.

Variations:

More common variations are: Knollys, Knowles, Knoles, Knolles

History:

United States of America:

The surname of Knoll is most prevalent in the United States of America. Throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, it became common for many European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search of a better life for them and their families. This large movement of people is commonly referered to as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States of America were those who bore the surname of Knoll. The first person who was recorded to have the surname of Knoll was one Ann Mary Knoll, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733.

 

Here is the population distribution of the last name Knoll: Germany 17,080; United States 12,091; Austria 2,960; Brazil 2,290; Canada 989; South Africa 858; Argentina 717; France 612; Israel 542; Poland 477; Hungary 425; Switzerland 324

Notable People:

Verne Knoll, who served as the Mayor of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in the year of 1950, and who was also a politician from America.

Sandra D. Knoll, who served as the Socialist Workers Candidate for the Michigan State Senate in the 4th District in the year of 1974, and who served as the Socialist Worker’s Candidate for the Presidential Elector of Michigan in the year of 1976, and again in the year of 1988, an who was also a politician from America.

Milton Knoll, who served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Ohio in the year of 1964, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

Edwin W. Knoll, who served as the Village President of Catskill, New York in the year of 1941, and who was a politician from America.

Hans Knoll, who was a furniture manufacturer in America, and who was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and who was also the founder of Knoll in the year of 1938.

Edwin Knoll (1931-1994) who was a journalist from America

Catherine Baker Knoll (born in 1930) who serves as the current Lieutenant Governor of the state of Pennsylvania

Max Knoll (1897-1969) who was an electrical engineer from America

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Elias de Knoll, Lord of Knollsmere, Wigglesworth, and Hellifield Peel, co. York, whose daus. and co-heirs were, 1) Katharine, m. to Adam de Hamerton, Lord of Hamerton, co. York; and 2) Anastasia, who m. Sir John de Halton, Knt., of Halton, co. York). Gu. a chev. betw. three roses ar.
2) Gu. a chev. ar. betw. three annulets pierced or.
3) (co. Chester, Chisping, co. Lancaster, Chipping and Harpley, co. Norfolk). Gu. on a chev. ar. three roses barbed and seeded of the field. Crest—A ram’s head ar. attired or.
4) (Samford Oreas, co. Dorset, and co. Somerset). Gu. on a bend ar. three escallops sa.

2 Comments

  • Bobbi Knoll says:

    Do all surnames of knoll have the same cost of arms?

    • Coat of Arms Database says:

      That is a great question. Heraldry is not an exact science. In the periods of early heraldry, blazons (descriptions) were recorded by hand and accordingly the written records were subject to interpretation. Heraldic writers often differed in their descriptions because of this but also, because arms granted by heraldic authorities were based on, in many cases, the “spoken” word of the registrant.Many surnames do not have a coat of arms; some have 1, others have hundreds. Please keep in mind that coats of arms were granted to individuals not surnames. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to display a coat of arms granted to someone with whom you share the same surname.

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References   [ + ]

1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
9. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
10. The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45
12. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133
14. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
15. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P19