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Early Origins of the Nave family

The surname Nave was 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. [1]

The Nave, Knave and Neave variants were interestingly found just over the border in Yorkshire, England where "the Yorkshire Poll Tax (1379) has many instances to prove its purely occupative character," as in "the knave", a lad, a servant including Johannes Jakkesknave; Nicholas Gaytknave; and Thomas Wyllknave. [2]

Earlier forms of the name were also found in Wiltshire: Alwin Cnave in 1210 and later, Henry le Knave in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1271. Adam le Cnave was found in the the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327 and Richard Knave in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1357. [3]

Early History of the Nave family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nave research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1558, 1579, 1647, 1683, 1661, 1661, 1649, 1649, 1661, 1683 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Nave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nave Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Nave family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir David Nevoy, Lord Reidie, afterwards Lord Nevoy (died 1683), a Scottish judge who was appointed lord of session and knighted in 1661. Nevoy was promoted to the bench, 25 June 1661, and retained his office for upwards of twenty-two years. Lord Hailes mentions he had been a Professor in St. Leonard's College, St. Andrews. He "was a regent at St. Leonard's College, St. Andrews, but was deposed in...
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Nave Ranking

In the United States, the name Nave is the 6,024th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4] However, in France, the name Nave is ranked the 6,818th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [5]

United States Nave migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nave Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Nave, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Alexandre Nave, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [6]
  • Benjamin Nave, who arrived in America in 1794 [6]
Nave Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Nave, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • Wilhelm Nave, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nave (post 1700) +

  • Johnny Nave, American former NASCAR Grand National Series driver
  • Royston Nave (1886-1931), American artist, eponym of the Nave Museum, Victoria, Texas
  • Howard "Howie" Nave (b. 1956), American stand-up comedian, radio personality, writer and promoter
  • Paul James Nave (b. 1960), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [7]
  • Marshall T. Nave, American Republican politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 1st District; Elected 1974 [7]
  • Frederick S. Nave, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Arizona, 1902-05 [7]
  • Captain Eric Nave (1899-1993), Australian cryptographer and Navy Paymaster Commander

The Nave Motto +

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.

  1. 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)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook