The Neif surname is derived from a place called Nevay in Angus.
Early Origins of the Neif family
The surname Neif 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
from early times and were granted lands by King David of Scotland.
Early History of the Neif family
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Neif Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Nevay, Neave, Neaves, Nevey, Neve, Neevey and others.
Early Notables of the Neif family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neif family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Neif Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Neif, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Neif 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: Sola proba quae honestas
Motto Translation: Those things only are good which are honorable.