The information contained
herein is the result of extensive research into the Neech
ancestry, performed over several decades, by Evalyn
Neech of Norfolk, England. This web site is an attempt
to distribute genealogy information to Neech family members
to promote a better understanding of their ancestry.
The original home of
the Neeches was at Mendham in Suffolk on the Waveney River
just across the border from Norfolk UK. From these beginnings,
members of the family have migrated worldwide, to Norfolk,
VA, USA in the 1600's and to Australia in the 1800's.
Not much is known for
certain about the origin of the name NEECH . It is believed
that the Neech family were originally Huguenots from central
Europe who fled from religious persecution and came to Norfolk
to work in the wool trade. The name Neitzsche, became anglisised
to Neeche, then later to Neech (and derivatives such as
NEACH, NEACHE, NYCHE and NEESE).
It has also been proposed
that these surnames derive
from the Old French 'Nies', being the nominative of 'niece'.
There is also an alternative opinion that the name comes
from a Picardy (Northern Normandy) word "niche"
pronounced "nee - chuh". and meaning "fool"
or "jester" which, in the past, was an honourable
On this site, each person
in the family tree has a dedicated page and this contains
links to parents, spouse(s) and children. In addition, the
entry may include relevant notes which may also link to
There are also several
indices available to accessing information in this site.
There is an Index by Name,
an Index by Date (of Birth),
an Index by Date of Last Update,
a Photo Index and an Index
to Web Links.
The site will be updated
whenever new information becomes available. There is a Contact
Form for the submission of information, corrections
or suggestions. This form can also be used if you wished
to be added to an email distribution list which will advise
when changes have been made.
In addition, there are
Snippets of information which
have been uncovered but not yet linked into the Family Tree.
Much of the information
has been provided by family members, and the remainder through
vital records that are available on-line.
Last but not least,
there is an Acknowledgements page
listing individuals who have contributed to this family
We hope that you find
the site both interesting and informative.
Note : To minimise privacy concerns,
any dates relevant to people born after 1900 are supressed
and replaced by asterisks. Where the field is missing
or blank, then the date is unknown.