Naville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Naville family

The surname Naville was first found in Nottingham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They are believed to be a branch of the distinguished Neville Earls of the north country.

Early History of the Naville family

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Naville Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Naville have been found, including Navely, Navill, Navil, Navilly and others.

Early Notables of the Naville family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Naville family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Naville, or a variant listed above: James Navell, who arrived in America in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Naville (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Naville (1903-1993), French Surrealist writer and sociologist
  • Henri Édouard Naville (1844-1926), Swiss archaeologist, Egyptologist and Biblical scholar
  • François Naville (1883-1968), Swiss physician, director of the medico-legal Institute of the University of Geneva on Facebook
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