Nelson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Nelson begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes 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 "Nell."

Early Origins of the Nelson family

The surname Nelson 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.

Important Dates for the Nelson family

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Nelson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Nelson has been recorded under many different variations, including Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.

Early Notables of the Nelson 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...
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Migration of the Nelson family to Ireland

Some of the Nelson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Nelson migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Nelson or a variant listed above:

Nelson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Nelson, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • George Nelson, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Miche Nelson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627 [1]
  • Provost Nelson, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Provess Nelson, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nelson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Nelson, who settled in Yorktown, Virginia in 1700 (his son William became President of the Dominion of Virginia under the English crown and his grandson was to later become Governor of Virginia)
  • Paul Nelson, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Mary Nelson, who landed in North Carolina in 1702 [1]
  • Joan Nelson, who landed in North Carolina in 1702 [1]
  • John, Nelson Sr., who landed in North Carolina in 1702 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nelson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Nelson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Gerard Nelson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Dawson Nelson, aged 18, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander Nelson, aged 33, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [1]
  • Robert Nelson, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1812-1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nelson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charley Nelson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904 [1]
  • Peter Nelson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [1]
  • Emma Elizabeth Nelson, who landed in Colorado in 1907 [1]
  • Andrew Gustaf Nelson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910 [1]
  • Karl Nelson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nelson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Harker Nelson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Isabella Nelson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Nelson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. James Nelson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 452 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Nelson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph W Nelson, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • James Nelson, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Isabella Nelson, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Nelson, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nancy Nelson, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nelson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • J E Nelson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Nelson migration to Australia

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

Nelson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Nelson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Nelson, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Nelson, (b. 1809), aged 26, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1835, sentenced for 7 years for having a mould with an impression of a half-crown, transported aboard the ship "Recovery" on 26th October 1835 to New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Thomas Nelson, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836 [5]
  • Samuel Nelson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
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Nelson 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:

Nelson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Lunn Nelson, (b. 1806), aged 35, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [7]
  • Mrs. Nelson, (b. 1807), aged 34, British settler travelling from Gravesend with 5 children aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [7]
  • Mr. Benjamin Nelson, (b. 1827), aged 14, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [7]
  • John Nelson, aged 30, a sawyer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Ann Nelson, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelson (post 1700)

  • Ann Elizabeth Nelson (1958-2019), American particle physicist and professor of physics at the University of Washington
  • Russell Marion Nelson Sr. (b. 1924), American religious leader, the 17th and current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)
  • Novella Nelson (1939-2017), American actress and singer
  • Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016), better known as "Prince", American seven-time Grammy Award, Golden Globe, and an Academy Award winning pop musician, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Jack Russell Nelson (1929-2016), American educator, President of Arizona State University (1981-1989)
  • Judd Asher Nelson (b. 1959), American Golden Globe nominated actor, perhaps best known for his role as John Bender, the pot-smoking student in The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Juanita Morrow Nelson (1923-2015), American activist and war tax resister
  • Edwin Stafford "Ed" Nelson (1928-2014), American actor best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place
  • William Nelson, American bronze medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (1906-1975), American entertainer and band leader, best known for his starring role in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio and television series with his wife and two sons [8]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Nelson family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Steven R Nelson (b. 1950), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash [9]
  • Mr. Kenneth J Nelson (b. 1966), American Private from Falconer, New York, USA who died in the crash [9]
  • Mr. Donald Craig Nelson (b. 1954), American Sergeant 1st Class from Hammond Hts, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash [9]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. George Nelson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Gustaf Nelson, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Twyla Jewel Nelson (1988-1996), from Harlem, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [11]
  • Mrs. Alecia Carlos Nelson (1951-1996), from Harlem, New York, USA, American English teacher flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Nelson (b. 1905), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Frizington, Cumberland, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Nelson, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William S Nelson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Charles Robert William Nelson (b. 1903), British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Grady L. Nelson Jr., American Seaman Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Henry Clarence Nelson, American Boatswain's Mate First Class from Minnesota, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Lawrence Adolphus Nelson, American Chief Turret Captain Permanent from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Richard Eugene Nelson, American Fireman Third Class from North Dakota, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Harl Coplin Nelson, American Seaman First Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emma. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Emma.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Oswald Nelson. (Retrieved 2013, September 16) Oswald Nelson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzie_Nelson
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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