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The Nankervis surname was taken on from a place name in the Parish of St. Mawgan, Pyclar, Cornwall. The place name is derived from the Cornish "nans," meaning "valley," and the personal name Cuvel.

Nankervis Early Origins



The surname Nankervis was first found in Cornwall, where early records show that lands at St Columb Major were granted to Odoni de Nanscuvel and Rose his wife, in 1324.

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Nankervis Spelling Variations


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Nankervis Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Nankivell, Nankevill, Nankivel, Nanskevell, Nankivel, Nankevell, Nancekievill and many more.

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Nankervis Early History


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Nankervis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nankervis research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1495, 1499, 1602, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Nankervis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nankervis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nankervis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Nankivell of St Mawgan, who was listed as a supporter of Perkin Warbeck in 1495. Warbeck, pretending...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nankervis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nankervis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Nankervis, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • Elizabeth Nankervis, aged 57, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • Charles Nankervis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Nankervis, aged 57, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • William Nankervis, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nankervis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nankervis (post 1700)



  • Ian Nankervis (b. 1944), Australian rules footballer who played from 1964 through 1966
  • Victor Alfred Percival Nankervis (1893-1973), Australian rules footballer who played from 1915 through 1918
  • Victor Andrew Nankervis (1918-1985), Australian rules footballer who played from 1941 through 1946
  • Bruce Nankervis (b. 1950), Australian rules footballer, Geelong Football Club captain (1976- 1977)
  • Ian J. Nankervis (b. 1948), Australian rules footballer who played from 1967-1983

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Nankervis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nankervis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2016 at 22:38.

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