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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Neave

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Neave is of Unknown origin and means "Happiness of celebration".
  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Neave means "Beautiful eyes" and is of English origin.

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The English surname Neave was brought to England in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is derived from the Old French "neveu," meaning "nephew". William the Conquerer granted lands to many Norman Barons, and the Neave family is thought to be descended from one of these Barons.

  1. An English surname​.
  2. A Scottish surname derived from the old parish of Nevay in Anguswith.

Notable Persons Named Neave


Notable Persons With the Last Name Neave

Airey Neave was a Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He was most active from 1974 to 1979. His military service ended in 1951. Airey was given the name Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave on January 23rd, 1916 in Knightsbridge, London. He left this life on March 30th, 1979.


Richard was born in 1936.



Elizabeth was born on June 12th, 1987 in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Elizabeth is also known as Neave and Lizzie.


Dorina was born in 1880. Dorina is also known as Dorina Lockhart Clifton (birth name). She left this life in 1955.


Sheffield Airey Neave was a naturalist and entomologist. Sheffield was born on April 20th, 1879 in Kensworth, Hertfordshire. He breathed his last breath on December 31st, 1961.


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Popularity of Neave as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Neave U.S.
  White 40.72% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 55.83% 16.26%

Of Last Name Neave

People with the last name Neave are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Neave

  • How Popular is the name Neave? Neave is the 32,624th most popular name of all time. As a last name Neave was the 32,960th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Neave have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 132 babies born with the first name Neave in the United States. That's more than enough people named Neave to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Neave? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Neave first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Neave is Sunday, March 15th, 1908.
  • What year had the most people named Neave born? The highest recorded use of the first name Neave was in 2017 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Neave Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Neave is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Neave: Your name in reverse order is Evaen. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vneae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Neave? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 695 people with the last name Neave.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Neave? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Neave as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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