Nesbit

This unusual and interesting name is a variant of the Northern English and Scottish locational surname "Nesbit" or "Nisbit". There are several places so called in the Border region (Northumberland especially), the derivation being from the Northern Middle English "nese", nose plus either the Old English pre 7th Century word "bita" meaning mouthful, or piece of ground, or "byht", a bend (in a river). The placenames could therefore mean either a piece of raised land shaped like a nose, or a bend in a river shaped like a nose. The Scottish Nesbits come from the old barony of Nesbit in Berwickshire. There are six spellings of the name in the modern idiom:- Nisbith, Nisbet, Nesbit(t), Naisbit(t) and Naisbet. Alexander Nisbet (1657 - 1725) was a famous heraldic writer. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Nesbit, charter witness. which was dated c. 1160 - 1200, Records of the Abbey of Kelso. during the reign of King William, the Lion of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Nesbit — may refer to: Battle of Nesbit Moor, any one of two clashes in 1355 and 1402, between Scottish and English forces near the border north of the River Tweed E. Nesbit, an English author and poet whose real name is Edith Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit, an… …   Wikipedia

  • Nesbit — ist der Nachname folgender Personen: Edith Nesbit (1858 1924), englische Kinderbuchautorin Evelyn Nesbit (1884 1967), US amerikanisches Fotomodell und Schauspielerin Siehe auch Nesbitt Diese Se …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nesbit — [nez′bit] E(dith) 1858 1924; Eng. writer, esp. of children s books * * * (Edith Nesbit 1858–1924) an English writer of children’s stories. She wrote several books about the children of the imaginary Bastable family that are still popular with… …   Universalium

  • Nesbit —   [ nezbɪt], E. (Edith), englische Schriftstellerin, * London 15. 8. 1858, ✝ New Romney (County Kent) 4. 5. 1924; war an der Entstehung der Fabian Society beteiligt; sie schrieb (mehrfach verfilmte) humor und fantasievolle Jugendbücher, u. a. um… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Nesbit — [nez′bit] E(dith) 1858 1924; Eng. writer, esp. of children s books …   English World dictionary

  • Nesbit, E — ▪ English author born Aug. 15, 1858, London died May 4, 1924, New Romney, Kent, Eng.       British children s author, novelist, and poet.       Nesbit spent her childhood in France and Germany and later led an ordinary country life in Kent, which …   Universalium

  • Nesbit, E. —    see Bland, Mrs. Hubert …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Nesbit — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nesbit, Mississippi —   Unincorporated community   …   Wikipedia

  • Nesbit Wallace — Personal information Full name Nesbit Willoughby Wallace Born 20 April 1839(1839 04 20) Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Died 31 July 1931(1931 07 31) (aged 92) Guildford, Surrey, England …   Wikipedia

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