Meaning and Origin of: Knowles

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Outdoorsman

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill or by a hillock, from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knoll ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll; see Knoll), or habitational name from any of the many places named with this word.
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail (see Newell).

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