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Nevay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nevay surname is derived from a place called Nevay in Angus.

Early Origins of the Nevay family

The surname Nevay 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 Nevay family

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Nevay Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Nevay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nevay family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Neave, who came to Virginia in 1630; Margaret Neave, who arrived at Boston in 1637; Alexander Neave, who settled in Maryland in 1716; William Neaves, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1852.

Contemporary Notables of the name Nevay (post 1700)

  • John Nevay (1792-1870), Scottish poet and author who frequently contributed to the "Edinburgh Literary Journal"
  • James Nevay, British painter, many of his work appear at Burton Constable Hall
  • Laurence Nevay, British researcher of lasers for accelerators at the University of Oxford

The Nevay 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.

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