Nightingale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 name 'night-in-gale' seems peculiarly inappropriate to the bird that sings in the calmest of midsummer nights. The stormy petrel may be blown upon the gale and the cry of the screeching owl may be heard above the noise of the wind, but this bird, the sweetest singer of the woodland, loves profound silence. We find that the termination 'gale' is from the Anglo-Saxon 'galan,' to sing, we can understand that this is the bird who passes the 'night-in-song.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Nightingale family

The surname Nightingale was first found in Norfolk where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Ralph Niktegale as holding lands there at that time. A few years later, Thomas Nightegale was listed in Gloucestershire in 1286 and Andreas Nightyngale, was Mmeber of Parliament for Cricklade, Wiltshire in 1307. [2]

Important Dates for the Nightingale family

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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.

Early Notables of the Nightingale family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Nightingale (d.1645), High Sheriff of Essex in 1627. He was the progenitor of the Nightingale Baronetcy of Newport Pond. This baronetcy has continued from the inception to today when Sir Charles Manners Gamaliel Nightingale is the 17th Baronet...
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Migration of the Nightingale family to 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.

Nightingale migration to the United States

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 Atlantic. 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 settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Tho Nightingale, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [3]
  • Kath Nightingale, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [3]
  • William Nightingale, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1690 [3]
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathew Nightingale, who settled in Virginia in 1764
  • Henry Nightingale, who settled in Charleston in 1792
Nightingale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Nightingale, who settled in Philadelphia in 1802
  • A.F. Nightingale, aged 52, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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 migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nightingale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Nightingale, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [4]
  • William Nightingale, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Child Nightingale, (b. 1865), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
  • Mrs. Emma Nightingale, (b. 1835), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
  • Mr. William Nightingale, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [5]
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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 [6]
  • Mrs. J. A. Nightingale, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952 [6]
  • 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.)

Historic Events for the Nightingale family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Nightingale, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Earl C. Nightingale, American Corporal working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Hargrave, Basil, Origins and Meanings of Popular Phrases & Names London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd, Cobham House, 24 and 26 Black Friars Lane, 1949. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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