Meaning and Origin of the Name Neville

So what is in the name Neville? It has a Latin and French background in which the meaning of Neville can translate roughly to new town or new village. Originally a surname of Norman origin, the popularity of Neville came to England after being introduced after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

It was one of many names used as a name for the location that a family came from most especially when a family moved from their location of origin. It has also gone through several pronunciations and spellings through the centuries, sometimes depending how church or government officials recorded it in their records.

Famous People with the Name

Adapted as a first name, we are familiar with figures with the name Neville from English history such as:

  • Neville Chamberlain – Prime minister 1937-1940
  • Neville Mariner – English conductor and violinist
  • Neville Longbottom Character of Harry Potter series

In America,  the Neville Brothers- Musical group started in 1976 of which lead singer, song writer, Aaron Neville is notable.  Neville Brand is an  American television and movie actor.

Neville is also a character in Thomas the Tank Engine TV animation series

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