Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland
, the first to use the name Neismith were the Strathclyde- Britons
. Neismith was a name for someone who lived in the county of Renfrew.
Early Origins of the Neismith family
The surname Neismith was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, 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 Neismith family
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Neismith Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Neismith has been spelled Naismith, Naysmith, Naesmyth, Nesmith, Nasmyth and others.
Early Notables of the Neismith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neismith family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: James Nesmith, who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; as well as John Nesmith, who settled in Maryland in 1747.
The Neismith 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: Non arte sed marte
Motto Translation: Not by science but by war.