Origins Available: English
Neye is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a river. Neye is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. This surname comes from the Old English phrase, atten (e)ye, which means at the river. This surname was first found in England
in the county of Essex.
Early Origins of the Neye family
The surname Neye was first found in Essex
, where they were established early in the medieval period.
Early History of the Neye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neye research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1269, 1276, 1315, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Neye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Neye Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Neye family name include Nye, Nie, Nay, Ney and others.
Early Notables of the Neye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neye family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Neye surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Seth W. Nye settled in New Orleans in 1822; Benjamin Nye settled in New England
in 1635; Ann, Daniel B. Nye Jr. and Francis H. Nye settled in San Francisco Cal. 1850..