The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of NAGY is of two fold origin. It was a Hungarian and Jewish nickname for a large man. The name was derived from the Hungarian word NAGY (big). It is also a name used to describe the older of two bearers of the same name. The name is also spelt NAGELE, NAGEL, NAUGEL, NEAGLE and NANGLE. This surname seems to have made enormous strides in the United States. Martin NEAGLE sailed for Virginia in 'The Rebecca' in the year l679. Other records of the name in England mention James Nagle and Mary Rowson who were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair in 1749. James Nagle and Margaret Hughes were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1796. The name is also a Munster surname, found mostly in County Cork where it was derived from the Norman name de-Angulo. A notable member of this name is KELVIN NAGLE, (l920-) Australian golfer, born in north Sydney. With Peter Thomson he was the first of the Australian golfers to make a considerable mark abroad. After winning the Australian Open in l959, he won the British Open in l960 and came second in the same event two years later. He was also moderately successful in the USA at a time when comparatively few foreign golfers competed there, coming second in the US Open of l965. An amiable man with a relaxed swing, he represented Australia in their World Cup side on nine occasions between l954 and l966, taking part in two trophy-winning sides. He set up a record low aggregate of 260 (64-65-66-65) when winning the Irish Hospitals event in l96l and continued to be a formidable golfer even in his 50s, taking the World Senior title in l97l. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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