Nave Family History

14-Day Free Trial


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

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Nave Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nave name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nave. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


  • France


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Nave Family Origin

Where is the Nave family from?

Nave Family Occupations

What did your Nave ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nave. A less common occupation for the Nave family was Keeping House. The most common Nave occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Nave's were Farmers.

View Census data for Nave | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nave ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nave Historical Records

What Nave family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Nave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nave census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Nave

Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Nave. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Nave immigration records

Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Nave. For the veterans among your Nave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Nave military records

You've only scratched the surface of Nave family history.

Nave Life Expectancy

What is the average Nave lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Nave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Nave in 1946 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nave

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nave ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Nave Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name