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
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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)
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Migration of the Nasmyth family to the New World and Oceana
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.