Formed From: New Norfolk County. Previous name: Upper Norfolk County until renamed Nansemond County in 1646, city of Nansemond 1972-1974 Now extinct, incorporated into the city of Suffolk in 1974
Nansemond County (extinct) was named for the Nansemond Indians, who lived in the area in the early seventeenth century. The word nansemond means fishing point or angle. When first established in 1637, the county was known as Upper Norfolk, but the name Nansemond was adopted in 1646. The county seat was Suffolk. The county became the independent city of Nansemond in July 1972, and on 1 January 1974 Nansemond merged with the city of Suffolk. The entire area is now known as Suffolk. See Suffolk.
Note: Nansemond is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties. County court records were destroyed in three separate fires, the earliest of which consumed the house of the court clerk in April 1734 (where the records were kept at that time), and the last on 7 February 1866. A few fee books have been found in the records of Sussex County.
Original Records at The Library of Virginia: Yes
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