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The roots of the name Nesmith are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Nesmith was originally found in the county of Renfrew.

Nesmith Early Origins



The surname Nesmith was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Nesmith Spelling Variations


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Nesmith Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Nesmith has appeared as Naismith, Naysmith, Naesmyth, Nesmith, Nasmyth and others.

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Nesmith Early History


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Nesmith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nesmith research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1552 are included under the topic Early Nesmith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nesmith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nesmith Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nesmith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Nesmith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Nesmith, who landed in New England in 1718 [1]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)
  • James Nesmith, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • John Nesmith, who settled in Maryland in 1747
  • John Nesmith, who landed in Oxford, Maryland in 1747 [1]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)

Nesmith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Otto A Nesmith, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1875 [1]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)
  • Helen Nesmith, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1894
  • James Nesmith, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Thomas Nesmith, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1896

Nesmith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • S. Nesmith, who landed in America, in 1903
  • T. Nesmith, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Sarah Nesmith, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Mabel Nesmith, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Mrs. Nesmith, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nesmith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Nesmith, British convict from Gibraltar, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nesmith (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nesmith (post 1700)



  • Sammy NeSmith, American professional boxer
  • Ottola Nesmith (1889-1972), American actress
  • John Nesmith (1793-1869), American politician
  • Christian DuVal Nesmith (b. 1964), American musician, and the eldest son of former Monkee Michael Nesmith
  • James Willis Nesmith (1820-1885), American politician and lawyer
  • Bette Nesmith Graham (1924-1980), American typist, the inventor of Liquid Paper, mother of Michael Nesmith
  • Jeff Nesmith, American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
  • Robert Michael Nesmith (b. 1942), Grammy Award winning American musician, songwriter, actor, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees
  • George Washington Nesmith, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1859-70
  • Frank A. Nesmith, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Londonderry; Elected 1938
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Non arte sed marte
Motto Translation: Not by science but by war.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  11. ...

The Nesmith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nesmith Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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