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This notable surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a patronymic form of the Middle English male given name "Nel(le)", itself coming from the Old Gaelic Irish personal name Niall, thought to mean "champion". This was adopted by Norsemen in the form "Njall", and was brought to England both directly from Ireland by Scandinavian settlers and indirectly by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. Among the latter it had taken the form "Ni(h)el", which was usually Latinized as "Nigellus" through an incorrect association with "niger", black, dark. One Willelmus filius (son of) Nigelli was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Berkshire, and a Willelmus filius Nele in the 1304 Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire...

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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Nelson name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Nelson story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Nelson surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, (O’) Donoghue, Donohue and Hughs in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Nelson story begins in pre-history Donegal then moves to north-east Ireland where the family can be traced back to the Dal Riata. An ancestor and many of his kin will then move to Scotland during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

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