Show ContentsNettles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Nettles is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in either of the places called Nettleton in Lincolnshire and Wiltshire, or near any enclosure where nettles grew. The surname Nettles 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 Nettles family

The surname Nettles 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.

Early History of the Nettles family

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Nettles Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Nettles are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Nettles include: Nettleton, Nettletown, Nettletone, Netleton and many more.

Early Notables of the Nettles family

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Nettles Ranking

In the United States, the name Nettles is the 2,767th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Nettles family to Ireland

Some of the Nettles 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.

United States Nettles migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Nettles or a variant listed above:

Nettles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carrie Nettles, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Ida Nettles, who settled in America, in 1909
  • A. M. Nettles, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Nettles (post 1700) +

  • Ray Nettles (b. 1949), American born Canadian former CFL football player
  • Morris Nettles (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Jim Nettles (b. 1942), American former defensive back
  • Jim Nettles (b. 1947), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Jennifer Nettles (b. 1974), American singer, member of country music duo Sugarland
  • Puff Nettles (b. 1944), American baseball player
  • Louise Nettles, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1956 [2]
  • J. Edward Nettles, American politician, U.S. Consul in Trieste, 1897 [2]
  • H. L. Nettles, American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Buncombe County, 1915-16 [2]
  • Caleb H. Nettles, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Darlington Court House, South Carolina, 1839-40 [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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