Nightingale Name Study

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Nightingale Family Group

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, NAME, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

This page was setup for the study of the surname Nightingale and it's many different spellings. Thanks, Drew McClenaghan M-973

Nightingale Surname Meaning

English: nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English, nighti(n)gale (Old English nihtegal, from niht ‘night’ + galan ‘sing’). Probably a translation of German and Jewish Nachtigall, or cognates in other languages. [1]


  1. Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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I am very interested in this group. I have been working on piecing together the Nightingale families in the Kent area of England. My great, great grandmother was Maria Nightingale. How do I help?
posted by Denise (Hylton) Hunt
The note about the Nightingale name is lovely. Thank you, Drew!