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Where did the English Nikkel family come from? What is the English Nikkel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nikkel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nikkel family history?The rich and ancient history of the Nikkel family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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 Nikkel features the common patronymic suffix -son.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nikkel have been found, including 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 Nikkel research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1655, 1694, 1712, 1720, and 1728 are included under the topic Early Nikkel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nikkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Nikkel 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.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Nikkel, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Nikkel 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 Nikkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nikkel 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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