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The name Neville was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Neville family lived in Durham. Their name, however, is a reference to Neuville, Sur Touques of Orne in the canton of Gacey, Normandy. "This family descended from Baldric Teutonicus, who with his brother Wiger came to Normandy c.900 to offer his service to the Duke. From him descend the families Neville, Courcy and others." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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The surname Neville was first found in Durham where they claim descent from Gilbert de Nevil, the companion in arms of the William the Conqueror who many believe was the Duke's Admiral but there is no mention of him in the Domesday Book. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another early record shows Ranulph de Nevill of Raby, Durham, being summoned to Parliament as a Baron on June 8, 1294. Ralph Neville (died 1244) served as Lord Chancellor of England, Bishop of Chichester and was Archbishop of Canterbury elect from 1231 to 1232.

Wargrave in Berkshire was home to another branch of the family. "The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 13. 6½., and in the gift of the lord of the manor and impropriator, Lord Braybrooke, to whose ancestor, Sir Henry Nevill, the Billingbear estates, and the hundred of Wargrave, anciently attached to the see of Winchester, were granted by Edward VI." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch of the family was found at Dalton-Piercy in Durham. "In 1370, Henry, Lord Percy, sold this manor to Sir John Nevile, of Raby; and it remained with the descendants of that proprietor until the forfeiture by the family, since which time the lands have been divided." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"[Liversedge in the West Riding of Yorkshire] was anciently the property of the Neville family, lords of the manor, of whose mansion, Liversedge Hall, there are still some slight remains." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Neville, Navelle, Nevile, Nevil, Nevill and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neville research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1364, 1425, 1397, 1200, 1428, 1471, 1461, 1470, 1625, 1712, 1661, 1651, 1685, 1675, 1615, 1676, 1631, 1692, 1680, 1681, 1620, 1694, 1668, 1655, 1717, 1697 and are included under the topic Early Neville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Neville (1428-1471), who became the 16th Earl of Warwick, through his mother, a countess. He was known as the "Kingmaker" as he played a large role in putting Edward IV on the throne in 1461, deposing him in 1470, and then restoring...

Another 156 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Neville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Neville or a variant listed above:

Neville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Neville, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Neville, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Charles Cecil Neville, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Thomas Neville, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1847
  • J Neville, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Neville Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Edward Neville U.E. who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1784

Neville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Neville, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • William Neville, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Neville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Neville, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Susannah Jarvis Neville arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Richard Neville arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Harriett Neville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • Sarah Neville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
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Neville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Neville, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Anne Neville, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Joseph Neville, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Alex Neville, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Francis M. Neville arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
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  • Wendell Cushing Neville (1870-1930), American Major General, Medal of Honor recipient, 14th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1929 to 1930)
  • Keith Neville (1884-1959), American Nebraska Democratic politician, 18th Governor of Nebraska
  • Joseph Neville (1730-1819), American politician who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from (1793 to 1795)
  • John Neville (1731-1803), American military officer, land speculator, and state official
  • Ivan Neville (b. 1959), American musician
  • Emily Cheney Neville (1919-1997), American author, recipient of the Newbery Medal (1964)
  • Cyril Neville (b. 1948), American musician
  • Art Neville (b. 1937), American singer and keyboardist
  • Adam Neville (b. 1937), American singer and keyboardist
  • Joseph Neville (1730-1819), American singer and statesman
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Neville Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Mary  Neville (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William A Neville (b. 1910), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Neville, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James J Neville, British Leading Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Muriel Neville, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Evelyn Neville, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Charles Neville, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Charles Neville, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Mabel Neville, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • Westmoreland Nee Neville by Olin V. Mapes.
  • A 370-year History of One Neville Family by Joseph B. Neville.
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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Neville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neville 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.

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