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- proper n. An English surname.
- proper n. A Scottish surname derived from the old parish of Nevay in Anguswith.
The English surname Neave was brought to England in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is derived from the Old French "neveu," meaning "nephew". William the Conquerer granted lands to many Norman Barons, and the Neave family is thought to be descended from one of these Barons. (Wiktionary)