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This famous surname, much associated with the religious zealot John Knox (1505 - 1572) and with no less than three others also called John and also religious divines, can be of Scottish or English origins. In all cases it is either a topographical name for someone who lived on a hilltop, derived from the pre 7th century Old English word "cnocc" or the similar Gaelic "cnoc", both meaning a round topped hill, or it maybe locational from one of the various places called Knock found in both Scotland and Northern England. The surname is one of earliest on record, and dates back to the 13th century as shown below...

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Sandraa Chapman

My Grandmother was Elizabeth Jane Knox, she was born in Co Fermanagh Enniskillen,she married and Acheson Spink ( Acheson came from Co Wesmeath) they lived in Dublin. I am trying to figure out her mum's side, she was Esther Thompson, she lived until about 1962 as far as I can gather, that was the last time in 1959 they were to see her, Mums brother Edmund Spink, Esther married a William Knox. They were from Northern Ireland, I really know not much about them at all. The whole Irish side of my family. I was told were were related to the Earls of Ranfurly and also to Dr David Livingstone. Can anyone help me at all. I would adore knowing and not guessing and following out ancestry trees to find my heritage.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Knox name can be found in Scotland, but its origin according to DNA is from the north-west coast of the Emerald Island. The Knox story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup A1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Knox surname origin is from a Northern Ui Neill [R1b-L513] tribe. The Cenél Eoghan and the tribes of Donegal conquered much of Ulster (Derry and Tyrone).

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) Cenél Eoghan will expand across northern Ireland with their cousins Cenél Conaill and the Northern Ui Neill between 500-800 BCE. The clans of Finn Valley have the same DNA as people from Gwened in Brittany. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Knox story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Scotland as they form part of the Dalriada. Descendants of their tribe will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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