Meaning and Origin of: Neve
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- English, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish : from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
- French (Nève) : Lyonnais habitational name from the Rhône place name En Nève, which derives from misdivision of En ève ‘in water’ (modern standard French en eau).
- Italian : from the personal name Neve, which may be from neve ‘snow’ (Latin nix, genitive nivis), possibly denoting a white-haired or very pale-complexioned person, or, according to Caracausi, may be a variant of the personal name Neves, from the Marian epithet Madonna della Neve or Maria Santissima ad nives ‘Mary of the Snows’.
- Portuguese and Galician : from neve ‘snow’. Compare 3.
- A family by the name Neve traces its descent from Robert le Neve, living in Tivetshall, Norfolk, in the 14th century.