Nelston is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came 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 Nelston family
The surname Nelston 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 Nelston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelston 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 Nelston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nelston 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. Nelston has been recorded under many different variations, including Nelson, Nellson, Nelsan, Nelston, Neleson and others.
Early Notables of the Nelston 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 Nelston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nelston family to Ireland
Some of the Nelston 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 Nelston family to the New World and Oceana
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 Nelston 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.