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Where did the English Nelms family come from? What is the English Nelms family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nelms family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nelms family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Nelms comes from the family having resided as dwellers by the elms. The name means at the elms from the residence beside a clump of elm-trees.

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Nelms has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Elms, Elmes and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelms research. Another 352 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1317, 1339, 1356, 1646, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Nelms History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nelms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Nelmss to arrive on North American shores: Rodolphous Elmes, who arrived in Boston in 1635; Richards Elmes, who came to St. Christopher in 1635; William Elmes, who arrived in Maryland in 1681; Edward Elms, who arrived in America in 1725.

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The Nelms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nelms Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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