Nield is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Nield family lived in Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Nield family
The surname Nield was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Grittleton, pre-Conquest called Grutelington (940 AD) and by the Domesday Book
in 1086, the place name had changed to Gretelintone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The parish of Grittleton included the Glastonbury Abbey, one of the richest churches in England
at that time. At the time of the Conquest, the lands were held by Urso from the Bishop of Coutance, conjecturally the ancestor of this distinguished family.
Early History of the Nield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nield research.Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1754, 1857, 1789, 1836, 1485, 1828, 1952, 1950, 1678, 1743, 1805, 1891, 1845, 1846, 1900, 1894, 1895, 1850, 1641 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Nield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Nield are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Nield include Neeld, Neald, Neild, Nield, Nields, Neelde, Nealde, Neilde, Nielde, Neele and many more.
Early Notables of the Nield family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Neal (1678-1743), an English historian; Sir John Neeld (1805-1891), 1st Baronet
, MP for Cricklade and Chippenham, gentlemen of the privy council, married Elizabeth Harriet in 1845; his son Sir Algernon William Neeld (1846-1900) was 2nd Baronet
and Sheriff of Wiltshire... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nield family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Nield, or a variant listed above:
Nield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Nield, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683
- John Nield, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Nield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Nield, who settled in America in 1804
Contemporary Notables of the name Nield (post 1700)
- Wallace E. Nield (1889-1950), American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Racine County 2nd District, 1948 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Sir Herbert Nield PC (1862-1932), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Ealing (1906–1931), Deputy Lieutenant of Middlesex in 1912, Privy Councillor in 1924
- Professor Lawrence Nield (b. 1941), retired Australian architect, former head of the Heritage Council of New South Wales; he won the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement
- Sir Basil Edward Nield (1903-1996), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for City of Chester (1940–1956)
The Nield Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nomen extendere factis
Motto Translation: The name matches the deed