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The Nankeville 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.

Nankeville Early Origins



The surname Nankeville 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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Nankeville Spelling Variations


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Nankeville 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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Nankeville Early History


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Nankeville Early History



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

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Nankeville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nankeville 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 Nankeville 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:

Nankeville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Nankeville, aged 28, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Nankeville, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Nankeville, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Nankeville, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Selina Nankeville, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nankeville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nankeville (post 1700)



  • Robert Christopher Nankeville (b. 1958), birth name of Bobby Davro, an English actor and comedian best known for his work as an impressionist, and for his role as Vinnie Monks in the BBC One soap EastEnders, son of Bill Nankeville
  • Bill Nankeville (b. 1925), British national champion mile runner who won the AAA mile title four times in five years between 1948 and 1952, awarded the Englishman of the Year in 2013

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The Nankeville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nankeville 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 12 February 2015 at 08:58.

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