Nations History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nations family

The surname Nations 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 Nations family

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Nations Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nations have been found, including Nathan, Natan, Nation, Nations, Nusan, Nusen and others.

Early Notables of the Nations family (pre 1700)

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Nations Ranking

In the United States, the name Nations is the 7,188th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Nations family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Nations, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Nations (post 1700) +

  • Gus O. Nations, American politician, Mayor of Webster Groves, Missouri, 1965 [2]
  • Bill Nations, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 44th District; Elected 2002 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Garland Nations, American Fire Controlman Second Class from South Carolina, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook