The Nelsand surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name 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 Nelsand family
The surname Nelsand 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 Nelsand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelsand 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 Nelsand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nelsand Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Nelsand are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Nelsand include: Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.
Early Notables of the Nelsand 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 Nelsand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nelsand family to Ireland
Some of the Nelsand 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 Nelsand family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Nelsand or a variant listed above: 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.