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William Matthew Knight was born in St Helier in 1825

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Origins of surname

This family is more likely to be descended from a servant in a knight's household, rather than a Knight, who would have had a more distinctive family name. The word comes from the old English criht, meaning boy, youth or serving lad, later extended to mean a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier an,d therefore a man of some importance and substance.

With the changes in the social structure of medieval England, the term 'knight', from the Middle English knyghte meant an honour bestowed by the king on men, usually of noble birth but not holding a title in their own right, who had served him well.

Early records

Although Jersey had many men knighted by their sovereign over the centuries, they used the French title chevalier, and the English name only appeared in island records in 1727, followed by a gap of some 80 years before the first family became established. That was George Knight and Esther, and their six children, baptised in St Lawrence or St Helier.


  • Knight
  • Knyght, archaic form

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Knight family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Agnes Knight of 30 Durell Place, St Saviour's Road, St Helier, widow of Alfred Denziloe, bequeaths to Mary Herrissier a Quebec bond - 16 February 1899, D/Y/A/58
  • John Knight of Cornwall, England, now of St Helier - 28 December 1876, D/Y/A/39
  • John Knight of St Helier, Grocer 17 December 1861 - D/Y/A/30
  • Margaret Knight widow of Joseph Godfrey Sherer Dated 30th June - 17 August 1866, D/Y/A/33
  • Charlotte Knight, 1 Saville Street, St Helier - 31 May 1930, D/Y/A/90
  • Joseph Knight, 4 Ralegh Avenue, St Helier - 26 October 1938, D/Y/A/103
  • Laura Knight, 72 Colomberie, St Helier - 13 September 1924, D/Y/A/84
  • William Knight, Caprice Villa, 12 Old St James Place, St Helier - 4 February 1944, D/Y/A/112
  • William Knight, Elsbill, Maufant, St Saviour - 22 May 1946, D/Y/A/116

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