The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The English surname of NUSSER is of three-fold origin. It was an occupational name for a gatherer and seller of nuts, or a nickname for a man resembling a nut (in having a round head and a dark complexion). The name is also spelt NUSS, NUSE, NUSSE, NURSAW, NURSEY and NUSSEY. The name was also applied to someone who came from NAUSSBAUM, the name of several places in Germany, perhaps an early immigrant. John de NOTESHAW, was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1285. John de NUSSAY of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and William NURSAY appears in the same document. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Samuel NUSSEY and Elizabeth Herrington, who were married in Canterbury, Kent in the year 1688, and William NURSEY and Elizabeth Benstead were wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1787. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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