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Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Nightingale was recognized on the island as a 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.
The surname Nightingale 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.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Nightingale, Nightingall, Nightengale and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nightingale research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nightingale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Nightingale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Nightingale 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.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Nightingale or a variant listed above:
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Nightingale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Nightingale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nightingale 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.
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