Nansnan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nansnan family

The surname Nansnan was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor.

"Polsew [in the parish of St. Ewe] was a manor, but at present it is not deemed either a manor or a barton. This estate is said to have been formerly in the family of Nanspyan or Nansperian. But the property being divided among co-heiresses, Polsew was carried to the family of Vyvyan." [1]

Early History of the Nansnan family

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Nansnan Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nansnan include Manspian, Nanspian, Nanspin, Nansnan, Nansperian and others.

Early Notables of the Nansnan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nansnan family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  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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