Novis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Novis can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The surname Novis came from the personal name Novello. The Italian word "novello" is derived from the Latin "novellus," which means "new."

Early Origins of the Novis family

The surname Novis was first found in Venice, the most famous city of the Veneto region, is noted for the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Mark, and the unique canals which wind throughout the city. It is in this rich Italian region that origins of the Novis surname are found. Roots of the Novis family have been located in the city of Padua, with Riccardino Novelli, a government consul in 1113.

Early History of the Novis family

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Novis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Novelli, Novello, Novel, Noviello, Novella, Novèl, Novellis, Novelloni, Novellucci, Novi and many more.

Early Notables of the Novis family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Andrea, Antonio, and Giovanni Novello, who were involved in the Senate in Genoa during the late 13th century; Prosavio Novelli was Bishop of Ceneda in 1264; Luigi Novelli was a military Captain of 600 soldiers and was known for his bravery and outstanding conduct; Giuliano was mayor of Florence in 1293; many members of the Novelloni family of Bologna were involved in the Senate during the 14th century; also of this lineage was Pope Benedetto XII, who was elected in 1334; Francesco...
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United States Novis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Novis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Novis, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]

Australia Novis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Novis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Frances Novis (aged 27), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

New Zealand Novis 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:

Novis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Novis, (b. 1854), aged 11, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [2]
  • Francis Novis, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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