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About the study
I began researching my Nevitt line in 1986.I have traced back to my 5xgt grandfather John Nevett who married Elizabeth Fretter in Northants in 1761.I soon became interested in all occurrences of the Nevitt name.The first Nevitt study group meeting was held in 1993.In 1994 the surname was registered with The Guild Of One Name Studies.Our journal The Nevitt/Knevett Historian first appeared in 1996.
The usual variants are Nevatt, Nevett, Nevitt,and Nivitt.
It is now believed that Nevitt was originally a Welsh surname beginning life as Ednefyd, becoming Edenevett, then Denevett, and finally Nevitt.
History of the name
Two well known Nevett/Nevitt's were- Billy Nevett 3 times Derby winner and winner of many other classic races.And for 25 years champion Northern jockey.Known as 'The Cock Of The North'. Richard Barrington Nevitt. Confederate soldier,a member of The North West Mounted Police,artist,and a pioneer of medical education in Canada.
In the 1881 census, Nevitt and variants are recorded 578 times.
Distribution of the name
Early records suggests that the Nevitt name was mostly located in Shropshire and Cheshire, later spreading to Lancashire,Staffordshire,Warwickshire.Also to be found in the early records in the city of London and Home counties.
Some of the data we hold are,
entries from the 1881 census.
G.R.O Births 1837-1925,Marriages 1837-1915 Deaths 1837-1920.
Many family trees.
The Mormons IGI Index.
We have a Nevitt and variants DNA Project with FAMILY TREE DNA.