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Where did the English Nickolson family come from? What is the English Nickolson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nickolson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nickolson family history?The name Nickolson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the personal name Nicholas. The Latin form of this name was Nicolaus, and it was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which is derived from the words nikan, which means to conquer, and laos, which means people. However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nickolson features the common patronymic suffix -son.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nickolson include Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.
First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickolson research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1655, 1694, 1712, 1720, and 1728 are included under the topic Early Nickolson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nickolson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Nickolson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Nickolson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Nickolson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.
The Nickolson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nickolson 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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