Nickolson Surname History

The Nickolson surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is 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. [1] However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nickolson uses the patronymic suffix -son.

Early Origins of the Nickolson family

The surname Nickolson was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." [2]

Important Dates for the Nickolson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickolson research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1669, 1688, 1683, 1688, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1712, 1714, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Nickolson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nickolson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Nickolson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Nickolson include: Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.

Early Notables of the Nickolson family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nickolson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nickolson family to Ireland

Some of the Nickolson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nickolson migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Nickolson or a variant listed above:

Nickolson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alboth Nickolson, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [3]
Nickolson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Nickolson, who arrived in New York in 1844 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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