Show ContentsNettleton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Nettleton belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in either of the places called Nettleton in Lincolnshire and Wiltshire, or near any enclosure where nettles grew. The surname Nettleton 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 Nettleton family

The surname Nettleton 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 Nettleton family

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Nettleton Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Nettleton include Nettleton, Nettletown, Nettletone, Netleton and many more.

Early Notables of the Nettleton family (pre 1700)

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Nettleton Ranking

In the United States, the name Nettleton is the 15,728th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Nettleton family to Ireland

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United States Nettleton migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Nettleton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Nettleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Nettleton, who landed in New England in 1663 [2]
Nettleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Nettleton, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765

Canada Nettleton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nettleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Nettleton U.E. (b. 1740) born in Killingworth, Connecticut, USA who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessup's Rangers, he died in 1798 in Montague Township, Lanark County, Ontario [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Nettleton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Australia Nettleton migration to Australia +

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

Nettleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Nettleton, (b. 1782), aged 25, English painter and glazier who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1838 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Nettleton, English convict who was convicted in Plymouth, Devon, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • William Nettleton, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [6]

West Indies Nettleton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Nettleton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • James Nettleton who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • James Nettleton, aged 22, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. James Nettleton, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nettleton (post 1700) +

  • Lois June Nettleton (1927-2008), American actress of film, stage, and television
  • Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844), American theologian and pastor
  • Henry S. Nettleton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Washington, 1908 [9]
  • Henry I. Nettleton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Durham, 1912 [9]
  • Francis Irving Nettleton (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Huntington, 1907-08; Mayor of Shelton, Connecticut, 1919-30 [9]
  • Ernest E. Nettleton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Middlefield, 1904 [9]
  • Eliphaz Nettleton, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Durham, 1825 [9]
  • Charles Hine Nettleton (b. 1850), American politician, Warden (Borough President) of Shelton, Connecticut, 1882-83 [9]
  • C. B. Nettleton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1924 [9]
  • Arthur T. Nettleton, American politician, Warden (borough president) of Newtown, Connecticut, 1920-22 [9]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Walter Nettleton, aged 29, Irish Fireman/Stoker from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B [10]

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  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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  6. South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved
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