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
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 (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nettles family to Ireland
Some of the Nettles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nettles family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Nettles (post 1700)
Nettles Family Crest Products