Nanscawan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nanscawan family

The surname Nanscawan was first found in Cornwall at Nanswhydden, St. Columb. "The manor of Nanswhydden originally belonged to the family of that name, and continued in their possession until the year 1581." [1]

Early History of the Nanscawan family

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Nanscawan Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Nanscawan include Nanswawen, Nanscawan, Nanswowen, Nanswhydden and others.

Early Notables of the Nanscawan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nanscawan family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Nanscawan or a variant listed above: Arthur Nanscowen, who was on record in the census of Ontario of 1871.



  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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