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Where did the English Nation family come from? What is the English Nation family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nation family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nation family history?


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nation research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nation History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Nation Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • 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

  • Wilfred C. Nation, aged 22, who settled in America from Buscten, England, in 1907
  • Agnes B. Nation, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
  • William Nation, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914

Nation Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick S. Nation, aged 22, who landed in Toronto, Canada, in 1924

Nation Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Nation arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • Philip Nation arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849
  • George Nation, aged 43, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Samuel Gillard Nation, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Phillip Nation, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"


  • Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), American member of the temperance movement
  • Joe Nation, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • James M. Nation, American Republican politician, Kansas State Auditor, 1907-11
  • Bill Nation (b. 1925), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1962-66; Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Laramie County, 1965-
  • Mr. Nation, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • 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


  • House of Nations by Verna Nation Jones.

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The Nation Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nation Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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