Nesham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nesham family

The surname Nesham was first found in Durham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.

Early History of the Nesham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nesham research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nesham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nesham Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nesham family name include Nesham, Nasham, Neshame, Nersham, Neasham and others.

Early Notables of the Nesham family (pre 1700)

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United States Nesham migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nesham surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Nesham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Nesham who went to Maryland in 1679
  • Benjamin Nesham, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nesham (post 1700) +

  • Admiral Christopher Nesham (1771-1853), British Admiral of the Royal Navy [2]
  • Hugh Percy Nesham (b. 1878), British archer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London

The Nesham Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes salus decus
Motto Translation: Hope, safety, honour.

  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. ^ Christopher Nesham. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Christopher Nesham. Retrieved from on Facebook
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