Nation History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nation family

The surname Nation was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.

Early History of the Nation family

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Nation 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 Nation include Nathan, Natan, Nation, Nations, Nusan, Nusen and others.

Early Notables of the Nation family (pre 1700)

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Nation Ranking

In the United States, the name Nation is the 4,222nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Nation migration to the United States +

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:

Nation Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Nation, who landed in New York in 1839 [2]
  • Arthur I. Nation, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Mr. A. T. Nation, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Harold Nation, aged 20, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
Nation Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Tulloh Nation, (b. 1851), aged 53, Cornish settler, from Falmouth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Kronprinz Wilhelm" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th April 1904 en route to New York, USA [3]
  • Wilfred C. Nation, aged 22, who settled in America from Buscten, England, in 1907
  • Agnes B. Nation, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Julia Nation, aged 27, who settled in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1911
  • Arthur T. Nation, aged 65, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
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Canada Nation migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nation Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Frederick S. Nation, aged 22, who landed in Toronto, Canada, in 1924

Australia Nation migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nation Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Nation, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]
  • Mr. James Nation, (b. 1802), aged 35, English clerk who was convicted in London, England for 10 years for theft, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Philip Nation, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849 [6]
  • George Nation, aged 43, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [7]
  • Samuel Gillard Nation, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
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Contemporary Notables of the name Nation (post 1700) +

  • Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), American member of the temperance movement
  • Joe Nation, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [8]
  • James M. Nation, American Republican politician, Kansas State Auditor, 1907-11 [8]
  • Bill Nation (b. 1925), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1962-66; Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Laramie County, 1965- [8]
  • Robert Nation (b. 1962), Australian rules professional football player
  • James Henry Nation (b. 1976), New Zealand Olympic field hockey player
  • Terry Nation (1930-1997), Welsh novelist and screenwriter

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Nation, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [9]

Suggested Readings for the name Nation +

  • House of Nations by Verna Nation Jones.

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  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022).
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASIATIC 1849. Retrieved from
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook