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The proud Norman name of Nightengale was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a person with a good singing voice. The name is a metaphor likening the original bearer of the name to the nocturnal songbird called a nightingale. Its name is derived from the Old English words niht, meaning night, and galan, meaning to sing.

Nightengale Early Origins



The surname Nightengale was first found in Norfolk 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.

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Nightengale Spelling Variations


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Nightengale Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nightengale have been found, including Nightingale, Nightingall, Nightengale and others.

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Nightengale Early History


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Nightengale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nightengale research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nightengale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nightengale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nightengale Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nightengale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nightengale In Ireland


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Nightengale In Ireland



Some of the Nightengale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nightengale were among those contributors:

Nightengale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Nightengale, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1690
  • William Nightengale, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1690

Nightengale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Nightengale, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Nightengale, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Nightengale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nightengale 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 24 March 2016 at 17:27.

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