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Neshem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Neshem family

The surname Neshem 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 Neshem family

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Neshem Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Neshem have been found, including Nesham, Nasham, Neshame, Nersham, Neasham and others.

Early Notables of the Neshem family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Neshem family to the New World and Oceana

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Neshem, or a variant listed above: Benjamin Nesham who went to Maryland in 1679. Raph E. Neasham went to California, at the age of 38; between 1866 and 1878; and Robert Neasham went to Allegheny Co. P.A. in 1873..

The Neshem 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.

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