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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.

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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.

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

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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 Nankivell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Nankivell, aged 39, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Richard Nankivell, aged 25, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Phillip Nankivell, aged 42, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Phillip Nankivell, aged 15, a carrier, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • William Nankivell, aged 19, a carrier, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
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Nankivell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Nankivell, aged 27, a signalman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
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  • 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
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Nankivell Historic Events



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  • Mr. Diss Nankivell, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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