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Knowles Family History

Knowles Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English knol(le) ‘knoll hilltop’ (Old English cnoll) or from any of the many places (some lost) named with this word for example Knowle (Devon Dorset Lancashire Somerset Warwickshire and Yorkshire) and Knole (Kent Sussex). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail (see Newell ). English: variant of Noel often with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bowes, Toles, Fowle, Voyles, Kyles, Mowles, Downes, Koller, Powles

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Where is the Knowles family from?

You can see how Knowles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knowles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knowles families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 349 Knowles families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Knowles's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Knowles families in 1911.
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What did your Knowles ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Knowles. 22% of Knowles men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Knowles women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knowles were Machinist and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Knowles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Knowles. For the veterans among your Knowles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knowles lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Knowles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Knowles in 1944 was 24, and 71 in 2004.

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