Where are you located? The theory is that the name KNOT came from the people who lived on a "Knot" of land, or hill. We don't know for sure, but we suspect our "Immigrant" was James KNOTT. He came to the colonies,VA, in 1617 abd the "George" from Newcastle Prison in England. He was a 15 year old convicted felon, who had been ordered to the colonies in lieu of hanging. He was on the Eastern Shore of VA., and then moved to St. Mary's co MD in 1651.He did quite well for himself. He was a friend of Governor Calvert, and had abt 1500 acres of land when he died. He died in St. Mary's co. in 1653. But his son Nathaniel moved to Kent co MD., on the Eastern Shore. We're missing records for a couple of generations. There were 4 KNOTT ship captains who plied the route from England to the colonies. We have no idea if anyone went on to Australia. We've recently set up a KNOTTS surname study group. I'm the group administrator. We're hoping to follow the KNOTT(S) migration , and see who belongs to who. If you know any KNOTT(S), or NOTT, or NOT, etc. males who might be interested in the DNA program, please tell them abt it, and ask them to email me. Bob.