N is for …

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

st james the great longdon (480x360)
St James the Great, Longdon, Staffordshire.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  John Nevell, father of Mary Nevell, born about 1698, Longdon, Staffordshire.

There are many variant spellings.  Neville is one of the noble houses of England and was once royalty:  Cecily Neville married the Duke of York and was mother of kings Edward IV and Richard III.  I suspect Andrew’s Kindred is not related.

The Nevilles of Raby were from Neville, Seine Inferior, France.  Others may have been from Neuville, Calvados, France or other places of the same name.  French connection, again.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  Anthony Newbold, born about 1842, Overseal, Leicestershire.

From several places named Newbold, or similar, in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nothamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Wawickshire or Worcestershire.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: William Newman, born aboout 1800, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

The new man, or newcomer.

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My favourite oak tree, Brownhills Common.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Lucy Noke, born about 1800, Hednesford, Staffordshire.

Equates to oak.  Someone living near to an oak tree or trees.


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John North, father of Emmanuel North, born about 1867, Shireoaks, Nottinghamshire.

From the north, or dweller to the north.



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