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Where did the Scottish Nave family come from? What is the Scottish Nave family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nave family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nave family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Nevoy, Nevay, Nave, Navay, Navy, Neve and others.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat in the parish of Nevay, now called Essie. The name became interchangeably Nevay and Nevoy. The first on record was Adam of Neveth who perambulated (staked) his territories between the lands of the Abbey of Arbroath and Kinblemonth in 1219.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nave research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1558, 1579 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Nave History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Nave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nave Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Nave arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Alexandre Nave, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Benjamin Nave, who arrived in America in 1794

Nave Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Nave arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • Wilhelm Nave, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848

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  • Howard "Howie" Nave (b. 1956), American stand-up comedian, radio personality, writer and promoter
  • Royston Nave (1886-1931), American artist, eponym of the Nave Museum, Victoria, Texas
  • Johnny Nave, American former NASCAR Grand National Series driver
  • Captain Eric Nave (1899-1993), Australian cryptographer and Navy Paymaster Commander


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Marte et arte
Motto Translation: By valour and skill.

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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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The Nave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nave 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.

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