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Knowles Surname Origin
The top of a hill. Knowl, in Cornish British, is a promontory, hill, or eminence, a projection of hilly ground.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Knowles Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Knowles Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes