The Scottish surname Nesbitt, also found in northern England and northern Ireland, is an habitational name from any of several places in the Border region of Scotland called Nesbit, named in northern Middle English with nesemeaning “nose” and bit meaning “mouthful, or piece of ground.” The place names refer either to a piece of raised land sticking up like a nose, or to a bend in a river shaped like a nose. The Scottish Nesbitt's come from the old barony of Nesbit in Berwickshire. 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, Scotland.
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