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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.

Nightingale Early Origins



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.

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Nightingale Spelling Variations


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Nightingale Spelling Variations



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.

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Nightingale Early History


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Nightingale Early History



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.

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Nightingale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nightingale Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Nightingale In Ireland


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Nightingale In Ireland



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.

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The Great Migration



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

  • Thomas Nightingale, who came to Virginia in 1648
  • Tho Nightingale, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Kath Nightingale, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • William Nightingale, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1690

Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Nightingale, who settled in Virginia in 1764
  • Henry Nightingale, who came to Charleston in 1792

Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Nightingale, who came to Philadelphia in 1802
  • A.F. Nightingale, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alma Sabina Nightingale, aged 7, who settled in America from Allett Yorks, England, in 1906
  • Arthur P Nightingale, aged 26, who settled in America from Dorset, in 1906
  • Alice Nightingale, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Bury, England, in 1907
  • Alice Nightingale, aged 21, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Arthur P. Nightingale, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Salisbury, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nightingale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Nightingale arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nightingale (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nightingale (post 1700)



  • John Nightingale (b. 1928), American Olympic figure skater
  • James Nightingale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1868
  • Mrs. J. A. Nightingale, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952
  • William Edward Nightingale (1794-1874), English Unitarian and the father of Florence Nightingale
  • Warwick Alan "Wally" Nightingale (1956-1996), English musician, best known as the guitarist and founder of the band the Sex Pistols
  • Mark Daryl Nightingale (b. 1967), English jazz trombonist
  • Anne "Annie" Nightingale MBE (b. 1942), English radio broadcaster
  • Luke Nightingale (b. 1980), English footballer
  • Maxine Nightingale (b. 1952), English singer, best known for her hit "Right Back Where We Started From"
  • Benedict Nightingale (b. 1939), British journalist, former theatre critic for The Times
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Nightingale Historic Events


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Nightingale Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Nightingale, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. 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).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    11. ...

    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.

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

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