Nieves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Nieves family

The surname Nieves 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 Nieves family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nieves research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1453, 1558, 1870 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Nieves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nieves Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Nieves family (pre 1700)

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United States Nieves migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nieves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Justo Nieves, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]
  • Maria De Nieves, who arrived in New Spain in 1876 [1]
  • Tomas Nieves, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1878 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nieves (post 1700) +

  • Israel Nieves, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000 (alternate), 2004 [2]
  • Carmen L. Nieves, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000 [2]
  • María Antonieta de las Nieves (b. 1950), Mexican actress of voice-over, film, and television
  • Néstor Nieves (b. 1974), retired Venezuelan middle- and long-distance runner
  • Nelson Nieves (b. 1934), Venezuelan Olympic fencer
  • Luis López Nieves (b. 1950), best-selling Puerto Rican author
  • José Nieves (b. 1975), Venezuelan former shortstop in Major League Baseball

The Nieves 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. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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