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Where did the English Neville family come from? What is the English Neville family crest and coat of arms? When did the Neville family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Neville family history?

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, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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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.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. An 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neville research. Another 401 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1364, 1425, 1397, 1428, 1471, 1461, 1470, 1625, 1712, 1661, 1651, 1685, 1675, 1615, 1676, 1631, 1692, 1680, 1681, 1620, 1694, 1668, 1655, 1717 and are included under the topic Early Neville History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 325 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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 Atlantic. 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


Neville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Neville, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB 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


  • 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


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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  • Adam Neville (b. 1937), American singer and keyboardist
  • Katherine Neville (b. 1945), American novelist
  • Aaron Neville (b. 1941), American popular singer
  • Joseph Neville (1730-1819), American singer and statesman
  • Art Neville (b. 1937), American singer and keyboardist
  • Cyril Neville (b. 1948), American musician
  • Emily Cheney Neville (1919-1997), American author, recipient of the Newbery Medal (1964)
  • Ivan Neville (b. 1959), American musician
  • John Neville (1731-1803), American military officer, land speculator, and state official
  • Joseph Neville (1730-1819), American politician who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from (1793 to 1795)

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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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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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