Naisbet - what does Naisbet surname mean?

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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