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Naesmyth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Naesmyth was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Naesmyth to use this name no doubt lived in the county of Renfrew.

Early Origins of the Naesmyth family


The surname Naesmyth was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Naesmyth family


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Naesmyth Spelling Variations


Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Naesmyth has been spelled Naismith, Naysmith, Naesmyth, Nesmith, Nasmyth and others.

Early Notables of the Naesmyth family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Naesmyth family to the New World and Oceana


The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: James Nesmith, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; as well as John Nesmith, who settled in Maryland in 1747.

Contemporary Notables of the name Naesmyth (post 1700)


  • Sir James Naesmyth (d. 1720), 1st Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish lawyer and peer
  • Sir James Naesmyth (1704-1779), 2nd Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer, botanist and politician, Fellow of the Royal Society, Member of Parliament for Peeblesshire from 1731 to 1734, and from 1735 to 1741
  • Sir Douglas Arthur Bradley Naesmyth (1905-1928), 8th Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer
  • Sir James Tolme Naesmyth (b. 1864), 7th Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer
  • Sir Michael George Naesmyth (1828-1907), 6th Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Acottish peer
  • Sir James Naesmyth (1827-1896), 5th Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer
  • Sir John Murray Naesmyth (b. 1803), 4th Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer
  • Sir James Naesmyth (b. 1829), 3rd Baronet of Posso in the County of Peebles, Scottish peer

The Naesmyth Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non arte sed marte
Motto Translation: Not by science but by war.


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