Nasmyth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Nasmyth were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in the county of Renfrew.

Early Origins of the Nasmyth family

The surname Nasmyth 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 Nasmyth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nasmyth research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1552 are included under the topic Early Nasmyth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nasmyth Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Nasmyth has appeared as Naismith, Naysmith, Naesmyth, Nesmith, Nasmyth and others.

Early Notables of the Nasmyth family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Nasmyth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nasmyth family

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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 Nasmyth (post 1700) +

  • James Hall Nasmyth (1808-1890), Scottish engineer and inventor famous for his development of the steam hammer
  • Patrick Nasmyth (1787-1831), Scottish landscape painter
  • Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), Scottish painter who is probably best known for his portrait of Robert Burns


The Nasmyth 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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