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The Nisbet family lived in any of several places in the Border region of Scotland called Nesbitt or Nisbit. There were hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet in Berwickshire, a village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire, a Nesbit in Northumberland, and a township of Nesbit in County Durham. These place names derive from the Middle English words nese, meaning "nose," and bit, meaning a "piece of ground;" as such, these place names are thought to have referred to geographic features resembling a nose. The surname may well have arisen independently from these different place names.

Nisbet Early Origins



The surname Nisbet was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland where they held a family seat from early times and King David I confirmed a charter (now in the archives of Durham Cathedral) granting the lands of Nisbet to Aldan de Nisbet, the founder of the line of Nisbet in 1139. According to family lore, they descend from Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria (d. 1073).

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Nisbet Spelling Variations


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Nisbet Spelling Variations



Over the years, Nisbet has been written It appears under these variations because medieval scribes spelled names according to sound rather than by any over-arching set of rules. Nisbet, Nysbit, Nispett, Nispet, Nisbit, Nisbett, Nessbitt, Nessbit, Nesbyth, Nesbitt, Naibet, Nesbeth, Nesbet, Naisbitt, Naisbit, Nesbett, Naisbett, Naibett and many more.

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Nisbet Early History


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Nisbet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nisbet research. Another 705 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1255, 1296, 1340, 1433, 1446, 1456, 1493, 1594, 1632, 1580, 1660, 1630, 1641, 1559, 1605, 1625, 1627, 1685, 1657, 1725, 1609, 1687, 1664, 1677 and are included under the topic Early Nisbet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nisbet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nisbet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Murdoch Nisbet (d. 1559) of Ayrshire, a notary public in the diocese of Glasgow, best known for his Scots translations of the Bible; Philip Nesbit, of that Ilk was knighted in March 1605 by the Earl of Dunfermline, Lord Chancellor of...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nisbet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nisbet In Ireland


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Nisbet In Ireland



Some of the Nisbet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



When these Boernician-Scottish settlers arrived in North America they brought little with them and often had restart their lives from scratch. Through time, much of their heritage was lost, and it is only this century through Clan societies and highland games that many have recovered their national heritage. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Nisbet family to immigrate North America:

Nisbet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Nisbet, who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Mungo Nisbet, who arrived in Boston in 1695

Nisbet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Nisbet, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Nisbet, who came to Charles Town in 1772
  • Charles Nisbet, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785

Nisbet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Nisbet, who landed in America in 1803
  • James Nisbet, who landed in South Carolina in 1811
  • John Nisbet, aged 33, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Robert Nisbet, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Alexander Nisbet, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838

Nisbet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Nisbet, aged 31, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John Nisbet, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John Nisbet, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • A. Nisbet arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865
  • Thomas Nisbet, aged 21, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nisbet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nisbet (post 1700)



  • William W. Nisbet, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1899-1901; Resigned 1901
  • Steve Nisbet, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • W. C. Nisbet, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 10th District, 1929-30
  • Stephen Sutherland Nisbet (1895-1986), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960; Member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 1964-70
  • Robert H. Nisbet, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Kent, 1926
  • James W. Nisbet, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1943-44
  • James A. Nisbet, American politician, Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 1844-45
  • Eugenius Aristides Nisbet (1803-1871), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1827-30; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1830-37; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1839-41
  • Eugene G. Nisbet, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Upland, California, 1952-55; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960, 1964; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1956
  • Charles S. Nisbet, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Amsterdam, New York, 1893; Montgomery County Judge, 1901; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    11. ...

    The Nisbet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nisbet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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