Nevin / Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Nevin
include Nevins, Nevinson, Nevison, Niven, Nivens, Nivison and Neaverson. This is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Niven', a name of great antiquity. This name is often of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Robert Sharpe and Jane Nevisson, who were married in Saint Antholin, London, in the year 1635. A Richard Nevinson, County Kent, was registered in the University of Oxford, in the year 1602. A John Neverson was buried in the Church of 'Saint Thomas The Apostle', London, in the year 1728. Names were recorded in ancient documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Nevin and its variants are derived from the native Gaelic MacCnaimhin Sept that was located in County Galway. The original form of the name was Knavin although MacNevin was also used in earliest times. Navin is another variant of this widespread name that is sometimes found in County Mayo in the West of the country.The Nevin
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Nevin