This name is usually matronymic in origin, derived from the first name of the mother of the original bearer. In this case, the surname Nesen stems from Nesensohn, which means the "son of Agnes." Agnes, from the Latin "agnus" for lamb, was a women's name which owed much of its popularity to the 4th century Roman martyr Agnes, the patron saint of virgins. The surname Nesen may also stem from the Middle High German word "Neser," referring to a "back-pack," and thus, may sometimes have originated in a nickname
. In the Middle Ages, the surname became popular as Nese and Nethe. In the Lower Rhineland
, the suffix "-ke" is often added to the name.
Early Origins of the Nesen family
The surname Nesen was first found in Southwestern Germany
. A councilman from Kassel was recorded in 1350 as Johan Agnetis, in 1370 as Henne vern Agnesen, in 1371 as Johan Virin Angnesen, and in 1373 as Johan ver Angenesen. His son, Johan Agnesin was a citizen of Kassel in 1424. H. Agneter was recorded Mähren in 1382, and Heinrich Nesensohn, a minister from Hasenweiler in Ravensburg, in 1387. Benz and Heinrich die Agneser from Wellendingen in Rottweil were recorded in 1403. Records show Nesen Hans von Waltersweier in Offenburg in 1423, and Johan Agnese, a revenue writer, in Felsberg in Hesse in 1476. Ludwig Nesen from Bisingen in Hechingen was recorded in 1470, Peter Neser, a holy nurse from Stuehlingen in Waldshut, in 1472, and Johann Nesser, a procurator consistorii from Ensisheimensis, in 1570.
Early History of the Nesen family
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Nesen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Nesen, Neesen, Neese, Nehse, Nesemann, Nesensohn, Neser, Neeser, Neseke, Neske, Nesgen, Agnesen and many more.
Early Notables of the Nesen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nesen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Nesen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charlie Nesen was naturalized in Texas between 1850 and 1906
- Charlie Nesen, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 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)
- Nicholas Nesen, who landed in Indiana in 1856
- Gertrud, Therese, and Dina Nesen in 1869
Contemporary Notables of the name Nesen (post 1700)
- Robert Dean Nesen (1918-2005), American car dealer, United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and as United States Ambassador to Australia from 1981 to 1985
- Robert Dean Nesen (1918-2005), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1968; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1980; U.S. Ambassador to Australia, 1981-85; Nauru, 1981-85 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html