The ancestors of the Nease family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland
. In this case, the surname Nease comes from the Old English word, ness,
which means headland.
Thus, the surname Nease means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.
Early Origins of the Nease family
The surname Nease was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Nease family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nease research.Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1093, 1153, 1160, 1180, and 1260 are included under the topic Early Nease History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nease Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Nease has been spelled Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.
Early Notables of the Nease family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nease family to Ireland
Some of the Nease family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nease family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Nease: William Nesse, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; An Cath. Ness, who settled in New York in 1710; Michael Ness settled in Philadelphia in 1731; Matthias Ness, his wife and their six children, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731.