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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nieves research. Another 177 words (13 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.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nieves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Maria De Nieves, who arrived in New Spain in 1876
  • Tomas Nieves, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1878

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  • Israel Nieves, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000 (alternate), 2004
  • Carmen L. Nieves, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000
  • 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


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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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  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Nieves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nieves 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.

This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 10:30.

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