The Neace family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland
. In this case, the surname Neace comes from the Old English word, ness,
which means headland.
Thus, the surname Neace means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.
Early Origins of the Neace family
The surname Neace was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Neace family
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Neace Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Neace has been spelled Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.
Early Notables of the Neace family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neace family to Ireland
Some of the Neace family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Neace family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Neace:
Neace Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Neace, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)