Nives History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nives family

The surname Nives was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat in the parish of Nevay, now called Essie. The name became interchangeably Nevay and Nevoy. The first on record was Adam of Neveth who perambulated (staked) his territories between the lands of the Abbey of Arbroath and Kinblemonth in 1219.

Early History of the Nives family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nives research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1453, 1558, 1579 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Nives History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nives Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nevoy, Nevay, Nave, Navay, Navy, Neve and others.

Early Notables of the Nives family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nives family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Samuel Neve who settled in Barbados in 1682; William Neve and child arrived in New York in 1822; Allie Navy settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849; Alexander Nave arrived in Maryland in 1716.

Contemporary Notables of the name Nives (post 1700) +

  • John Nives McCunn (b. 1858), American politician, U.S. Consul in Dunfermline, 1897-1908; Glasgow, 1908-19; Georgetown, 1920; Yarmouth, 1924 [1]

The Nives 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: Marte et arte
Motto Translation: By valour and skill.

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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