Neelt is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Neelt family lived in Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Neelt family
The surname Neelt was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Grittleton, pre-Conquest called Grutelington (940 AD) and by the Domesday Book
in 1086, the place name had changed to Gretelintone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The parish of Grittleton included the Glastonbury Abbey, one of the richest churches in England
at that time. At the time of the Conquest, the lands were held by Urso from the Bishop of Coutance, conjecturally the ancestor of this distinguished family.
Early History of the Neelt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neelt research.Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1754, 1857, 1789, 1836, 1485, 1828, 1952, 1950, 1678, 1743, 1805, 1891, 1845, 1846, 1900, 1894, 1895, 1850, 1641 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Neelt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Neelt Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Neeld, Neald, Neild, Nield, Nields, Neelde, Nealde, Neilde, Nielde, Neele and many more.
Early Notables of the Neelt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Neal (1678-1743), an English historian; Sir John Neeld (1805-1891), 1st Baronet
, MP for Cricklade and Chippenham, gentlemen of the privy council, married Elizabeth Harriet in 1845; his son Sir Algernon William Neeld (1846-1900) was 2nd Baronet
and Sheriff of Wiltshire... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neelt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Neelt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Neelt or a variant listed above: George Neele who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Neald settled in Pennsylvania in 1683; Betty and Frank Neald settled with their child in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820.
The Neelt Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nomen extendere factis
Motto Translation: The name matches the deed