The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that arrived in Ireland
in the wake of the 12th century invasion by Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. The surname Nuijent belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. The name of the Nuijent family comes from one of the many places called Nogent in France. The Gaelic form of the surname Nuijent is Nuinseann.
Early Origins of the Nuijent family
The surname Nuijent was first found in county Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
Early History of the Nuijent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nuijent research.Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1213, 1486, 1544, 1602, 1583, 1642, 1607, 1621, 1684, 1680, 1669, 1714, 1715, 1669, 1752, 1671 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Nuijent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nuijent Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Nuijent, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Nugent, Nogent, Newgent, Neugent, Newgant, Newgeant, Nuegent, Nougent, Newjeant, Nujent, Noigent, Nuigent, Nuijent, Nushend, Newshent, Newshand, Neushant and many more.
Early Notables of the Nuijent family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir Christopher Nugent, 6th Baron Delvin
(1544-1602), an Irish nobleman and writer who was arrested on suspicion of treason against Queen Elizabeth I of England; Richard Nugent, 1st Earl Of Westmeath
(1583-1642), an Irish nobleman and politician, imprisoned for plotting against the... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nuijent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nuijent family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Nuijent: Christopher Nugent who settled in Virginia in 1638; as well as Arthur, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Hugh, Henry, Isabella, Jane, John, Margaret, Martin, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, Robert, Terence, Thomas and William Nugent, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..