The history of the Nesbet family begins in the Boernician
tribes of ancient Scotland
. The Nesbet family lived in any of several places in the Border region of Scotland
called Nesbitt or Nisbit. There were hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet in Berwickshire
, a village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire
, a Nesbit in Northumberland
, and a township of Nesbit in County Durham
. These place names derive from the Middle English words nese,
meaning "nose," and bit,
meaning a "piece of ground;" as such, these place names are thought to have referred to geographic features resembling a nose. The surname may well have arisen independently from these different place names.
Early Origins of the Nesbet family
The surname Nesbet was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland
where they held a family seat
from early times and King David I confirmed a charter (now in the archives of Durham
Cathedral) granting the lands of Nisbet to Aldan de Nisbet, the founder of the line of Nisbet in 1139. According to family lore, they descend from Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria (d. 1073).
Early History of the Nesbet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nesbet research.Another 705 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1255, 1296, 1340, 1433, 1446, 1456, 1493, 1594, 1632, 1580, 1660, 1630, 1641, 1559, 1605, 1625, 1627, 1685, 1657, 1725, 1609, 1687, 1664, 1677 and are included under the topic Early Nesbet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nesbet Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred
years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations
occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Nesbet has been spelled Nisbet, Nysbit, Nispett, Nispet, Nisbit, Nisbett, Nessbitt, Nessbit, Nesbyth, Nesbitt, Naibet, Nesbeth, Nesbet, Naisbitt, Naisbit, Nesbett, Naisbett, Naibett and many more.
Early Notables of the Nesbet family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Murdoch Nisbet (d. 1559) of Ayrshire
, a notary public in the diocese of Glasgow, best known for his Scots translations of the Bible; Philip Nesbit, of that Ilk was knighted in March 1605 by the Earl of Dunfermline, Lord Chancellor of... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nesbet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nesbet family to Ireland
Some of the Nesbet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 171 words (12 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 Nesbet family to the New World and Oceana
The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence
those who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Nesbet or a variant listed above:
Nesbet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Archd Nesbet, who landed in New York, NY in 1774 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)