Nelson Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Nelson Family History

If you are conducting some Nelson family history research then you can view the Nelson coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Nelson surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The names Nelson and Neilson in Ireland are derived from 'Njall' which is the Norse form of the Irish first name 'Niall'. These names were brought to the country by settlers from Scotland and are especially prominent in Ulster Province and in County Dublin since the seventeenth century. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neighill.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Nelson Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Quarter Division
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
Quarter Often used when joining families in marriage
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