The name Nelsant is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes 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 Nelsant family
The surname Nelsant 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 Nelsant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelsant 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 Nelsant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nelsant 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 Nelsant has undergone many spelling variations
, including Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.
Early Notables of the Nelsant 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 Nelsant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nelsant family to Ireland
Some of the Nelsant 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 Nelsant family to the New World and Oceana
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 Nelsant were among those contributors: 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.