The rich saga of the Nessbit family begins in ancient Scotland
among the clans of the Boernician
tribe. They lived in any of several places in the Border region of Scotland
called Nesbitt or Nisbit. There were hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet in Berwickshire
, a village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire
, a Nesbit in Northumberland
, and a township of Nesbit in County Durham
. These place names derive from the Middle English words nese,
meaning "nose," and bit,
meaning a "piece of ground;" as such, these place names are thought to have referred to geographic features resembling a nose. The surname may well have arisen independently from these different place names.
Early Origins of the Nessbit family
The surname Nessbit was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland
where they held a family seat
from early times and King David I confirmed a charter (now in the archives of Durham
Cathedral) granting the lands of Nisbet to Aldan de Nisbet, the founder of the line of Nisbet in 1139. According to family lore, they descend from Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria (d. 1073).
Early History of the Nessbit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nessbit research.Another 705 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1255, 1296, 1340, 1433, 1446, 1456, 1493, 1594, 1632, 1580, 1660, 1630, 1641, 1559, 1605, 1625, 1627, 1685, 1657, 1725, 1609, 1687, 1664, 1677 and are included under the topic Early Nessbit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nessbit Spelling Variations
In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations
of Nessbit include Nisbet, Nysbit, Nispett, Nispet, Nisbit, Nisbett, Nessbitt, Nessbit, Nesbyth, Nesbitt, Naibet, Nesbeth, Nesbet, Naisbitt, Naisbit, Nesbett, Naisbett, Naibett and many more.
Early Notables of the Nessbit family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Murdoch Nisbet (d. 1559) of Ayrshire
, a notary public in the diocese of Glasgow, best known for his Scots translations of the Bible; Philip Nesbit, of that Ilk was knighted in March 1605 by the Earl of Dunfermline, Lord Chancellor of... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nessbit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nessbit family to Ireland
Some of the Nessbit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nessbit family to the New World and Oceana
In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan
societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Nessbits to arrive on North American shores: Hugh Nesbit, who came to South Carolina in 1684; Robert Nisbet, who arrived in Barbados in 1635; William Nesbit, who settled in South Carolina in 1685.