Nelmes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nelmes name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived as dwellers by the elms. The name means at the elms from the residence beside a clump of elm-trees.

Early Origins of the Nelmes family

The surname Nelmes was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Nelmes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelmes research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1317, 1339, 1356, 1646, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Nelmes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nelmes Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nelmes has undergone many spelling variations, including Elms, Elmes and others.

Early Notables of the Nelmes family (pre 1700)

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United States Nelmes migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nelmes were among those contributors:

Nelmes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Nelmes, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Richard Nelmes, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Thomas Nelmes, who landed in Virginia in 1664-1665 [1]
Nelmes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. E. Nelmes, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1892
Nelmes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Nelmes, aged 7, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1904
  • George Nelmes, aged 59, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1904
  • Cyril Nelmes, aged 11, who settled in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1910
  • Eustace M. Nelmes, aged 58, who immigrated to the United States from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1916
  • Edwin Nelmes, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Sydney, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Nelmes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nelmes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Nelmes, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]

New Zealand Nelmes migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nelmes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H. Nelmes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [3]
  • Mr. Nelmes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [3]
  • Mrs. Nelmes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [3]
  • Mr. R. Nelmes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nelmes (post 1700) +

  • Alan Victor Nelmes (b. 1948), English retired footballer who played from 1967 to 1978 who made over 300 appearances for Brentford
  • Nuatali Nelmes, Australian politician, Labor Lord Mayor of Newcastle (2014-)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Nelmes, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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