Nay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nay name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a river. Nay is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. This surname comes from the Old English phrase, atten (e)ye, which means "at the island." [1] This surname was first found in England in the county of Essex.

Early Origins of the Nay family

The surname Nay was first found in Essex, where they were established early in the medieval period. [2]

Kirby's Quest listed Thoma atte Nye, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

Important Dates for the Nay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nay research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1269, 1276, 1315, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Nay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nay Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nay has undergone many spelling variations, including Nye, Nie, Nay, Ney and others.

Early Notables of the Nay family (pre 1700)

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Nay migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nay were among those contributors:

Nay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Barbara Nay, aged 7, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [4]
  • Hans Michel Nay, aged 3, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [4]
  • John Peter Nay, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [4]
Nay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Nay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • John Nay, aged 36, who immigrated to America, in 1892
  • Anna Nay, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Mrs. George Nay, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Major Nay, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Nay, aged 23, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Frey Nay, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1908
  • James Nay, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from Wicktenny, Scotland, in 1909
  • D.W. Nay, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Frank N. Nay, who settled in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nay migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Nay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [5]
  • Elizabeth Nay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nay (post 1700)

  • Winfield Scott Nay (b. 1850), American Republican politician, Physician; Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1900 [6]
  • Edward O. Nay, American politician, Mayor of Pasadena, California, 1937 [6]
  • Cesare Nay (b. 1925), retired Italian professional footballer
  • Jacques Le Nay (b. 1949), member of the National Assembly of France
  • Louise Le Nay, Australian actress
  • Giusep Nay (b. 1942), President of the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (2005 to 2006)
  • Cornelis Corneliszoon Nay, Dutch navigator and explorer who attempted to discover the Northeast Passage
  • Robert Nay (1956-1992), Australian Olympic swimmer who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Meagen Marree Nay (b. 1988), Australian Olympic swimmer who at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968), German abstract painter

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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