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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?


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.


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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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


  • 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 Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 2003
  • Marshall T. Nave, American Republican politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 1st District; Elected 1974
  • Frederick S. Nave, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Arizona, 1902-05
  • Captain Eric Nave (1899-1993), Australian cryptographer and Navy Paymaster Commander


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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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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