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The distinguished surname Neeves was first brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is derived from the Old French "neveu," meaning "nephew," and was most likely first borne by an orphan who was brought up in the care of his uncle. Alternatively, it may have been used as a euphemism to refer to the illegitimate son of a medieval prelate.

Neeves Early Origins



The surname Neeves was first found in Kent, where the family held estates. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, Duke William the Conquerer granted lands to the many Norman barons under his rule; the Neeves family is thought to be descended from one or several of these barons. The first known bearer of the name was Robert le Neve, who was living in Kent in 1242.

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Neeves Spelling Variations


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Neeves Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Neve, Neave, Neaves, Neeve, Neeves, Nephew, Neveu and others.

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Neeves Early History


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Neeves Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neeves research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1268, 1250, 1274, 1579, 1654, 1650, 1661, 1729 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Neeves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neeves Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neeves Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neeves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Neeves or a variant listed above:

Neeves Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Neeves, who landed in Virginia in 1699

Neeves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Newling Neeves, aged 41, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"

Neeves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Neeves, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Anne Neeves, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Harriet Neeves, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Amy Neeves, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Frank Neeves, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Neeves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neeves 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 March 2014 at 13:48.

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