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The surname of NETTLESHIP has the associated coat of arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It was a locational name of some obscure spot in the North of England, and appears to be most familiar to Yorkshire, and seems to have arisen in the neighbourhood of Tickhell on the borders of Nottingham. The earliest of the name on record is William Netel-shippe of County Oxford, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1583. Edward Nettleshippe and Susanna Nymm were married in Canterbury, Kent in the year 1688, and Lacey Robert and Mary Nettleship wed at St. George's, Chapel, Mayfair, London in the year 1752. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. A later instance of the name includes James Brittain and Sarah Nettelship, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1778. A notable member of the name was Henry Nettleship (1839-93) the English classical scholar, born in Kettering. He was educated at Lancing, Durham, Charterhouse and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was elected a fellow of Lincoln, was a master at Harrow (1868-73) and from 1878 was Corpus professor of Latin at Oxford. He completed Connington's 'Virgil' and published 'Contributions to Latin Lexicography'.

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