Nave Family History
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Nave Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a servant, from Middle English knave ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘servant’. English: possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wheel-hubs, Middle English nave (from Old English nafa, nafu). German (also Näve): variant of Neff (see Neve). Dutch (de Nave): variant of Naef 1. In some cases possibly Portuguese: topographic name from nave ‘plain’ (a variant of nava), or a habitational name from a place named with this word. Compare Nava.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Neve, Cave, Naves, Haver, Nava, Rave, Ave, Lane, Aue, Tavel