The Boernician-Scottish Nessbitt family 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 Nessbitt family
The surname Nessbitt 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 Nessbitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nessbitt 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 Nessbitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nessbitt Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Nessbitt 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 Nessbitt 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 Nessbitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nessbitt family to Ireland
Some of the Nessbitt family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Nessbitt family to the New World and Oceana
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan
societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Nessbitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.