Coat of Arms: Silver with a black cross and over all a red bend.
Crest: A hand upright pointing to a crescent.
Motto: Palmam qui meruit ferat
Motto Translated: Let him who has earned it bear the palm
Spelling variations include: Nelson, Nellson and others.
First found in Lancashire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Francis Nelson settled in Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the "Mayflower"; followed by another Francis in 1656; George in 1623; George in 1649; Ambrose Nelson settled in Maryland in 1666.
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