Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. Nan-curv-is(Cornish, Australian English) Nain-curv-is(Cornish, Australian English) [key]
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Meaning & History
From the name of a place in St Enoder parish in Cornwall, derived from Cornish nans "valley" and an uncertain second element, possibly *cerwys, an unattested plural of carow "stag".Earliest known form Nankervell arriving in Plymouth, Cornwall in the early 1300s. Nankervis heirs branched to the United States and Australia.