Origin of the Name Nesbitt
The ancient history of the name Nesbitt
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Nesbitt
include Nisbet, Nisbett, Nesbit, Nesbet and Nesbett. This is a locational name from the old Barony of Nesbit in the Parish of Edrom, Berwickshire. This name is usually of Scottish descent spreading to the countries of Ireland , England , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a William de Nesbite who witnessed a confirmation of the town lands of Nesbite to the Priory of Coldingham by Patrick, first Earl of Dunbar. Dominus Robert de Nesbit, witnessed a charter by William de Horuirden to the Abbey of Kelso, in the year 1160. In the year 1255 Walter de Nesebyte resigned his rights in the manor of Nesebyte. Robert de Nesbit was one of the hostages for Berwickshire in the year 1340. Part of the family migrated to Sweden in the sixteenth century and today there are many descendants existing in that country.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Nesbitt coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Nesbitt descendants.