Nettle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Nettle family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in either of the places called Nettleton in Lincolnshire and Wiltshire, or near any enclosure where nettles grew. The surname Nettle belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Nettle family

The surname Nettle was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Nettleton some say from the time of the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Nettle family

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Nettle Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Nettle include Nettleton, Nettletown, Nettletone, Netleton and many more.

Early Notables of the Nettle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nettle family to Ireland

Some of the Nettle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nettle migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nettle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Nettle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [1]
  • George Nettle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849 [2]
  • Mary Ann Nettle, aged 30, a domestic sevant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [3]
  • Edward Nettle, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
  • Edward Nettle, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Nettle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nettle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Nettle, (b. 1858), aged 16, Cornish servant departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [4]
  • Mr. John Nettle, (b. 1857), aged 17, Cornish settler departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [4]
  • Miss Minnie Nettle, (b. 1868), aged 6, Cornish settler departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [4]
  • Mr. William Nettle, (b. 1866), aged 8, Cornish settler departing on 28th July 1874 aboard the ship "Helen Denny" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd October 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nettle (post 1700)

  • Bea Nettle (b. 1946), American fine art photographer and author
  • Gordon Douglas "Doug" Nettle (b. 1951), former professional American football defensive back
  • Morris Nettle (b. 1952), former American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Robert Dale Nettle (b. 1924), former American member of the Ohio General Assembly
  • Harry Nettle (1894-1957), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 2nd District, 1923-26 [5]
  • Gina Nettle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2008 [5]
  • Kerry Nettle (b. 1973), former Australian Senator and member of the Australian Greens in New South Wales

Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARY ANN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849MaryAnn.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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