Early Origins of the Nesston family
The surname Nesston was first found in Cheshire
at Neston, a parish, in the union, and Higher division of the hundred
, of Wirrall. "At the Domesday Survey
the manor of Great Neston was held in three parts, one by the monks of St. Werburgh, one by William Fitz-Nigel, Baron
of Halton, and the third by Robert the Cook. Early in the reign of Stephen, the second baron of Halton obtained that portion which belonged to the monastery, in exchange for Raby; and a subsequent arrangement put him in possession of the entire manor. The manor of Little Neston is mentioned in Domesday Book
as held by Robert the Cook. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Neston, held by William FitzNigel, a Norman Baron
who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. However, we must look to Sussex
to find the earliest records of the name. William A. Neston was listed there in 1447, as was Robert A. Neston who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of 1525. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Nesston family
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Nesston Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Neston, Nesston, Nestone and others.
Early Notables of the Nesston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nesston family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Nesston or a variant listed above: John Neston, who arrived in Virginia in 1703.