Nind History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nind family

The surname Nind was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Nind family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nind research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1443, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nind History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nind 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 Nind 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 Nind include: Nind, Ninde, Nend, Nende and others.

Early Notables of the Nind family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Nind Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Nind 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 Nind or a variant listed above:

Nind Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Nind, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1802

New Zealand Nind 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:

Nind Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Nind, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Emma Nind, aged 36, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Joseph Nind, aged 7, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Joseph Nind, aged 39, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Ellen Nind, aged 37, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Nind (post 1700) +

  • Mary Clarke Nind (1825-1905), English philanthropist and worker for social justice
  • Philip Henry Nind (1832-1896), English rower and gold commissioner in colonial British Columbia
  • Thomas Eagleton Westwood Nind (b. 1926), English geologist, Professor of Mathematics and Dean of Arts and Science at Trent University, Canada (1966-), and President of the University (1972-1979)
  • Isaac Scott Nind (1797-1868), early colonial West Australian settler and doctor
  • Sarah Nind (b. 1957), Canadian (Borneo born), photographer/painter


The Nind 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: Fortis et fideles
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.


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