The surname of NETTLE is a diminutive of the name Nettleton, and was of the locational group of surnames, originally deriving from the Old English word 'neteletun' literally meaning the dweller at the enclosure or settlement of nettles. There are places in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Wiltshire, called Nettleton, from where the original bearer of the name may have derived his surname. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and in fact whole countries. As a general rule, the further someone travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention NETELTONE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name appears as NETTLE (without surname) in the year 1195, and Roger de Neteltun was documented in County Yorkshire in 1221. Later instances of the name include Anne Nettleton, who was buried at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1616, and Robert Nettleton (gentleman) of County York, registered at Oxford University in 1617. Anne, daughter of Thomas Nettleton was baptised at Kensington Parish Church in 1665, and Anthony Tye and Mary Nettleton were married in Canterbury in the year 1665.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Nettles). Registered in Nettleville and Beareforest, County Cork and Toureen, and County Waterford. The family first settled in Ireland about 1620.
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