Nankivell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Nankivell 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.
Early Origins of the Nankivell family
The surname Nankivell 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.
Early History of the Nankivell family
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Nankivell 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.
Early Notables of the Nankivell family (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...
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Nankivell migration to the United States +
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Nankivell:
Nankivell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Nankivell, who arrived in Maryland in 1833 
Nankivell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Nankivell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Nankivell, aged 39, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
- Richard Nankivell, aged 25, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
- Phillip Nankivell, aged 42, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
- Phillip Nankivell, aged 15, a carrier, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
- William Nankivell, aged 19, a carrier, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
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Nankivell migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Nankivell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Nankivell, aged 27, a signalman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
Contemporary Notables of the name Nankivell (post 1700) +
- Frank Nankivell (1869-1959), Australian-born, American illustrator, painter and printmaker
- Joice NanKivell (1887-1982), Australian author, journalist and humanitarian
- Sir Rex Nankivell (1898-1977), New Zealand born, art dealer and collector in London, England
- Robert Rogers Nankivell, pioneer and surveyor of New Zealand, who arrived there aboard the "Bolton" on April 21st 1840
Historic Events for the Nankivell family +
- Mr. Diss Nankivell, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
- ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html