Nate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nate family

The surname Nate was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Natby, held by Borch who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Nate family

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Nate Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Netby, Natby, Nateby, Neatby, Natbie, Natbee, Netbie, Netbey and many more.

Early Notables of the Nate family (pre 1700)

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United States Nate migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Nate or a variant listed above:

Nate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Nate, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nate (post 1700) +

  • Ron Nate, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2008 [3]
  • Maria Nate, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2008 [3]
  • Nate Query, American musician best known as the bassist of the Portland, Oregon indie rock band The Decemberists
  • Nate Boulton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2000 [4]
  • Nate Hirsch (1947-2016), American sports broadcaster, the "Voice of the Georgia Southern Eagles", inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, the Statesboro High Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame
  • Nate Stutzman, American actor and executive, known for Prime (2005) and Amazing Sports Stories (2008)
  • Nate Dreiling (b. 1990), American FXFL football linebacker for the Omaha Mammoths
  • Nate Kiser (b. 1982), American former professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • Nate Myles (b. 1985), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Nate Cornejo (b. 1979), American retired Major League Baseball player

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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