The name Nelsent is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and 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 Nelsent family
The surname Nelsent 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 Nelsent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelsent 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 Nelsent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nelsent Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Nelsent has been spelled many different ways, including Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.
Early Notables of the Nelsent 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 Nelsent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nelsent family to Ireland
Some of the Nelsent 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 Nelsent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Nelsents to arrive in North America: 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.