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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun nave
  1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; -- called also hub or hob.
  2. The navel.(Obs)

Etymology: AS. nafu; akin to D. naaf, G. nabe, OHG. naba, Icel. nöf, Dan. nav, Sw. naf, Skr. nābhi nave and navel: cf. L. umbo boss of a shield. √260. Cf. Navel

noun Nave
The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.

Etymology: F. nef, fr. L. navis ship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Gr. nay`archo`s, Skr. nāus, and perh. to AS. naca boat, G. nachen, Icel. nökkvi; cf. L. nare to swim, float. Cf. Nausea Nautical Naval

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  1. The central area of a church

Ultimately from Latin nāvis, via a Romance source.

  1. (architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.

From Old English nafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabō (compare Dutch naaf, German Nabe), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nobh (“navel”) (compare Latin umbō (“shield boss”), Latvian naba, Sanskrit नाभ (nābha)).

  1. A hub of a wheel.
  2. (obsolete) The navel.

    nave was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Galician, Italian, Latin, Northern Sami, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nave

    Eric was born in 1899. He passed away in 1993.


    Frederick S. Nave was an Associate Justice and Arizona Territorial Supreme Court. His career lasted from 1905 to 1909. Frederick was born on January 7th, 1873 in Lewis Center, Ohio. He passed away on September 27th, 1912.


    Orville was born on April 30th, 1841 in Galion, Ohio. He breathed his last breath on June 24th, 1917.


    Royston was born in 1886. He passed away in 1931.


    Howie was given the name Howard Leslie Nave on April 4th, 1956 in Palo Alto, California.


    Omri Nave is a soccer player for the Maccabi Ironi Amishav Petah Tikva F.C., Maccabi Netanya F.C., Sektzia Nes Tziona F.C., Hapoel Herzliya F.C., Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan F.C., and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem F.C. Omri was born on November 26th, 1988 in Israel.


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    Ethnicity Nave U.S.
      White 82.43% 64.26%
      African American 7.74% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.20% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.09% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.55% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.98% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Nave

    • How Popular is the name Nave? Nave is the 79,251st most popular name of all time. As a last name Nave was the 6,819th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Nave have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Nave in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nave? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Nave first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nave is Sunday, May 22nd, 1887.
    • What year had the most people named Nave born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nave was in 1998 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Nave: Your name in reverse order is Evan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aevn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Nave? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,946 people with the last name Nave.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nave? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Nave as their last name.

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