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Where did the English Neslen family come from? When did the Neslen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Neslen family history?

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Neslen include Nestling, Neslin, Neslen, Nesling, Nessling, Nesslin, Nestlyn and many more.

First found in Suffolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neslen research. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1524 are included under the topic Early Neslen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Neslen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Immigrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, Virginia, the Carolinas, and the islands, such as C. Louisa Nesslin who went to Philadelphia, in 1819.

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