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Where did the German Nicholls family come from? What is the German Nicholls family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nicholls family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nicholls family history?The Nicholls surname comes from the German personal name Nikolaus.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Nicholls include Nickel, Nikel, Nickl, Nickle, Nickele, Nickels, Nickelsen, Nickelson, Nicol, Nicols, Nicolsen, Nicolson, Nichol, Nicholl, Nichols, Nicholls, Nicholson, Nichaelsen, Nickells, Nickell, Nichelmann, Nickelmann, Nichelman and many more.
First found in Austria, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The name refers to St. Nickolaus, the patron saint of seafaring merchants and the protector of children.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicholls research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1664, 1717, 1745, 1756, 1761, 1766, and 1787 are included under the topic Early Nicholls History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nicholls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Nicholls were
Nicholls Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Nicholls Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Nicholls Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Nicholls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nicholls Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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