Nelson Family Crest


Nelson family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Nelson family crest

Argent (silver) - signifies the sincerity of Nelson family members and their strong reputation for peacefulness.

Sable (black)symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Nelson family crest   

The three Fleur-de-lis. Symbolize the early family members religious connections. This ancient symbol of the Nelson family represents purity, light and religious beliefs including strong connections of the Virgin Mary.

The quartering of the shield represents the symbols that future offspring would 'inherit' depending on their position in the birth line. 


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Origins of the Nelson family name

The earliest known origin of the name Nelson is from England.
The name is derived from the Old English name Nell or Nellan, which means "little one" or "son of Neil".
The name was first used as a given name in the 12th century.
It is also a surname, which is derived from the same Old English name.
The name Nelson is also found in Ireland and Scotland since ancient times.

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Summary of the Nelson family and the Nelson family crest

  • The Nelson family name is derived from the personal name Neil.
  • The first recorded use of the Nelson family name is from the 12th century.
  • The Nelson family name is of English, Scottish, and Irish origin.
  • The Nelson family name is found in the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cumberland in England.
  • In Ireland, The Nelson family name is also found in the counties of Tyrone and Antrim.
  • The Nelson family name is also found in the Scottish Highlands.
  • The Nelson family name is associated with the titles of Earl Nelson and Viscount Nelson.
  • The most famous member of the Nelson family is Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, who was a British admiral and one of the most famous naval commanders in history.
  • The name Nelson first came to America in the 1600s with the English Puritans.
  • The first recorded Nelson in America was John Nelson, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623.
  • Other notable members of the Nelson family include John Nelson, Archbishop of York, and Thomas Nelson, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence.