The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Nighe family name to the British Isles. Nighe comes from the Old English given name Noye.
Early Origins of the Nighe family
The surname Nighe was first found in Wiltshire
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.
Early History of the Nighe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nighe research.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1614, 1568, 1622, 1614, 1647 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Nighe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nighe Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Noyes, Noye, Nye, Nie, Noyers, Noyce, Noise and others.
Early Notables of the Nighe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Noyes (1524-1614); and his son, Rev. William Noyes (1568-1622), an English clergyman, Rector of Cholderton, Wiltshire
. Peter Noyes was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Andover in 1614. Reverend Nicholas Noyes Jr... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nighe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nighe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Nighe or a variant listed above: Peter Noyce who settled in New England
with his wife and two children in 1638; James Noyes settled in New England
in 1630; Elizabeth Noyes settled in Massachusetts in 1638.
The Nighe 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: Nuncia pacis oliva
Motto Translation: A message of peace.
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