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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. Nan-curv-is(Cornish, Australian English) Nain-curv-is(Cornish, Australian English)  [key]

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.
Added 2/19/2014 by anonymous
Edited 10/2/2018 by SeaHorse15