Last name: Knowles
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I am a Knowles by birth and that side of the family came from Cornwall. Interestingly I am always happiest living on a hill (and almost always have done so) as I am terrified of flooding. But I am tall - not short and stout!
I am a Knowles too. In my research, It was spelled so differently over time such as Knol, Knole, Knowells, Knolls and more. My family is from Devon!
I'm a Knowles too. My grand parents are from England!
There are a lot of Knowles in Lancashire, England. I'm one!
http://www.knowlesclan.org/carrib.htm try this
Does anyone know how Knowles got in the Bahamas?
Google Knowles Sea Captain and he should come up, from what I read There was a sea captain from Nova Scotia who went to Bahamas and married a woman there, they had several children, she died I think and he remarried another Bahamian woman (black) and he returned to Nova Scotia. He was actually a governor in Bahamas and when he returned to Nova Scotia he became Governor there. There is also a Knowles Island in Nova Scotia. If you google all these details you should come up with an answer to your question, Good Luck!
There is also some information regarding the Knowles that were American colonists in the Virginia and/or Carolinas that were Loyalists to the British crown. After the American Revolutionary War, they moved to the Bahamas, as it was a British holding. They settled there and that is where my family is from!
Robert knowles my gr grandad arrived king williams town 1848 and his daughter kathleen was my grand mo and she had my dad ronald william frome willy banks and then married peter banks his brother. Her mom was a rosa hunter and im looking for any fam info-kathleen died 70's aged 66? Can remember her but would love pic of her-i apparently look like her!
i am always looking for my roots, therefore, i research my name quite often. i knew that knowles meant "one that lives on a hill" , but my sister is really short so it is funny to find that the base word was used to describe short people:)