Naster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Naster family

The surname Naster was first found in Sussex where the Pipe Rolls of 1185 list as a forename, Nest de Barri. The same rolls list as a surname, Adam Nest in Dorset. Years later, the name Nesta was found in the Assize Rolls for Worcester in 1221 and the Curia Regis Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1222. Nesta de Broketon was found in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1254 and Richard Neste was in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327. The name may be a Welsh diminutive of the name Agnes as James Nest occurs in the Registrar-General's List of Names. [1]

Yorkshire records revealed William Neste as holding lands there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

The Nestor and Nester variants are generally thought to be Irish, having derived from the the Gaelic Mac Girr an Adhastair, meaning son of the short man of the bridle. The surname is most common in County Galway and County Clare. [3]

Early History of the Naster family

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Naster Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Naster include Ness, Nest, Nessi, Nas, Nassi, Nesti, Nass, Noss, Nestor and many more.

Early Notables of the Naster family (pre 1700)

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United States Naster migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Naster were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Naster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Naster, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [4]


  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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