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Meaning and Origin of: Knightly

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Protects

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from Knightley in Staffordshire, named in Old English as ‘the wood or clearing of the retainers’, from cnihtā, genitive plural of cnihta ‘servant’, ‘retainer’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.