NaeSmyth Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Naesmyth Nesmith Nessmith
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About the Project

The NaeSmyth Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the NaeSmyth name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the NaeSmyth name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual team studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England NaeSmyths), by time period (18th Century NaeSmyths), or by topic (NaeSmyth DNA, NaeSmyth Occupations, NaeSmyth Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the NaeSmyth Name Study, first start out by browsing our current teams to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a team does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Tim Nesmith for assistance.

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Naesmyth Surname Change Theories:

[1]: People started writing the s into the prefix (Ne-) Turning the prefix into Nes. Then as the English language progressed, Smith was added on as a whole word leading to NesSmith.

[2]: Used in Middle ages, Toward the end of the long S's popular use, it was sometimes written as [long s]S.

An example that is provided on Wikipedia is in the word congress on the constitution, which is written like "Congre[long s]s". Since the S in Naesmyth makes the same sound as the long S, it can be theorized that the Naesmyth surname, contained a long S. When it began to die in the 18th century, It was written as ss instead of a long s, leading to the division of the Naesmyth Surname when they were immigrating to America in the late 17th Century to the early 18th Century.

These are my theories as to why Nessmith and Nesmith were formed instead of just Nesmith or Nessmith.

posted by Adrien Hart
Wow this is very interesting. I have not heard this before. Thank you for your contribution.
posted by Tim Nesmith
I have found the transition from my branch of the Naesmyths to the Nesmiths. John (Naesmyth) Nesmith was born in scotland in 1670. He then immigrated to pre-colonial america around 1730. From there his surname was changed from the scottish spelling Naesmyth to a simpler version, Nesmith. He died around 1750. I'll link the profile when I get the chance.
posted by Adrien Hart