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The origins of the Nye name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a river. Nye is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. This surname comes from the Old English phrase, atten (e)ye, which means at the river. This surname was first found in England in the county of Essex.

Nye Early Origins



The surname Nye was first found in Essex, where they were established early in the medieval period.

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Nye Spelling Variations


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Nye Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Nye were recorded, including Nye, Nie, Nay, Ney and others.

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Nye Early History


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Nye Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nye research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1269, 1276, 1315, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Nye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nye Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Nye family emigrate to North America:

Nye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Nye settled in New England in 1635
  • Benjamin Nye, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1635

Nye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Seth W. Nye settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • H S Nye, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Daniel B, Nye Jr., who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Francis H Nye, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Ann, Daniel B. Nye Jr. and Francis H. Nye settled in San Francisco, California 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gerard F Nye, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905

Nye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Nye, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Charles Nye, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nye (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nye (post 1700)



  • James Warren Nye (1815-1876), American politician, United States Senator from Nevada (1864-1873)
  • G. Raymond Nye (1889-1965), American silent film actor who appeared in 111 films between 1912 and 1952
  • Edgar Wilson "Bill" Nye (1850-1896), American journalist and humorist
  • Joseph Samuel Nye (b. 1937), American Rhodes Scholar, political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • George Nye Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1960; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • George B. Nye, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, 1893-98
  • George B. Nye, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • George Dewey Nye (b. 1898), American Democrat politician,Pike County Prosecuting Attorney, 1923-26; Member of Ohio Democratic State Central Committee, 1938; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940 (alternate),Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1945-47, 1949-53
  • George E. Nye, American Republican politician, Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1925
  • Gerald Prentice Nye (1892-1971), American politician, Representative from North Dakota 2nd District, 1924; U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1925-45;Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1936
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Nye Historic Events


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Nye Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Joseph Albert Nye (b. 1897), English Leading Steward from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Nye, (née Ramell), aged 29, American Second Class passenger from East Orange, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11

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Suggested Readings for the name Nye


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Suggested Readings for the name Nye



  • A Genealogy of American Nyes of English Origin by Luther Bertram Nye.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Nye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nye 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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