The origins of the name Neleson are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a patronymic
name created from the given name "Nell," or for the Irish, "Niall." The name is also listed as a baptismal name "the son of Eleanor" from the nickname
Early Origins of the Neleson family
The surname Neleson was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where records show many instances of the name in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 where Adam Nel was listed. Most are from Lancashire
, but there is another from Cambridge: John filius
Nel. William Neleson was listed in the Rolls of Parliament.
Early History of the Neleson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neleson research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1766, 1638, 1686, 1656, 1715, 1654, 1734, 1758, 1805 and are included under the topic Early Neleson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Neleson Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Neleson family name include Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.
Early Notables of the Neleson family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Nalson (1638?-1686), an English clergyman, historian and early Tory pamphleteer; Robert Nelson (1656-1715), an English lay religious writer and nonjuror; John Nelson (1654-1734), an English colonial merchant, trader... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neleson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Neleson family to Ireland
Some of the Neleson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Neleson family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Neleson surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Francis Nelson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the "Mayflower"; George Nelson, who came to Virginia in 1623; Ambrose Nelson, who arrived in Maryland in 1666.