Neif History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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), in the territorial origin from Nevay, a former parish now united to Essie. [1]

"In 1219 Adam de Neveth was present at the perambulation of the bounds between the lands of the Abbey of Arbroath and the barony of Kinblethmont. Alexander de Neve, a Scots prisoner of war in England, had a safe conduct to return to Scotland in 1422. Thomas Nevay who witnessed the transumpt of a charter in 1450 is doubtless the Thomas Neiff, chaplain in Brechin in 1453." [2]

Early History of the Neif family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neif research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1453, 1511, 1558, 1637, 1579, 1597, 1647, 1666, 1792, 1870, 1850, 1870, 1672, 1792, 1870 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Neif History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Neif Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nevay, Neave, Neaves, Nevey, Neve, Neevey and others.

Early Notables of the Neif family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was John Nevay (died 1672), a Scottish Covenanter who after the Resortaion was banished by the privy council to Holland. John Nevay (1792-1870) the Scottish poet, was born in Forfar on 28 January 1792, the...
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United States Neif migration to the United States +

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 [3]


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.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)


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