as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1185 when Nest de Barri held lands.
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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Nest has been spelled many different ways, including Ness, Nest, Nessi, Nas, Nassi, Nesti, Nass, Noss, Nestor and many more.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Nests to arrive in North America:
Nest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ellinor Nest, listed in two records in Virginia in 1688 and in 1690
Nest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Nest was brought to Maryland, in 1719 in bondage, as a criminal
Nest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Angus Nest went to PEI in 1811
Nest Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- George Nest who was listed in the Bristol Register of Servants sent to Foreign Plantations, in 1675