Nest History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nest name is habitational, derived from any of several places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland.

Early Origins of the Nest family

The surname Nest was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Nest family

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Nest Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ness, Nes, Nesser, Nesse, Nessen, Nessel, Nest, Nesh, Neste, Netz, Nas, Nass, Nos, Noss and many more.

Early Notables of the Nest family (pre 1700)

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United States Nest migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ellinor Nest, listed in two records in Virginia in 1688 and in 1690
Nest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Nest was brought to Maryland, in 1719 in bondage, as a criminal
Nest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angus Nest went to PEI in 1811

Canada Nest migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nest Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • George Nest who was listed in the Bristol Register of Servants sent to Foreign Plantations, in 1675

Contemporary Notables of the name Nest (post 1700) +

  • Richard A. Nest (1927-1999), American politician, Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, 1976-79 [1]
  • Henry Van Nest, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1837-38 [2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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