Nicola History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname is one of the oldest family names to came from that French region known as Brittany. It is derived from the Latin personal name Nicolaus, meaning victory people.

Early Origins of the Nicola family

The surname Nicola was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Trévidy. They were members of the nobility since the year 1497. In Brittany they also branched to Champgèrault, Fardelière, Kerviziou, and Lézernant.

Early History of the Nicola family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicola research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1820, 1501, 1516, 1598, 1617, 1682, 1625, 1709, 1625 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Nicola History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicola Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Nicola, including Nicolas, De Nicolas, Nicolis, Nicolaz, Nicolais, Nicolai, Nicola, Nicolay, Nicolau, Nicolaud, Nicolaus, DeNicolai and many more.

Early Notables of the Nicola family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Louis Nicolas (died 1682), French missionary in Canada, author of the books "Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales" and the "Grammaire algonquine"; Gabriel Nicolas...
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Nicola migration to the United States

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Nicola were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Nicola were

Nicola Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ludwig Nicola, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Nicola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dn Nicola, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1820 [1]
  • Guan Nicola, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1854 [1]
  • Gavini Nicola, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1858 [1]
  • Jose Maria Nicola, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1868 [1]
  • Gaetano Nicola, age 41, who arrived in America on June 7, 1880, aboard the "Victoria"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nicola (post 1700)

  • Annabel Nicola Croft (b. 1966), English former professional British No. 1 female tennis player and current radio and television presenter from Farnborough, Kent
  • Carlo Nicola Pagani (b. 1977), Italian football defender
  • Mrs. Nicola Anne Spinks B.E.M., (b. 1967), born in London, British Fell Runner was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Sport and charity
  • Mrs. Nicola Parry B.E.M.,, British Associate Director of Nursing and Head of Midwifery for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Midwifery
  • Ms. Nicola Jane Parry-Belcher M.B.E.,, British Major for the Royal Logistic Corps, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [2]
  • Mrs. Nicola Jane Latham B.E.M.,, Development Director for UCAN Productions, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Blind and to Partially Sighted Young People in Wales [2]
  • Ms. Nicola Kathryn Symmons M.B.E.,, British Headteacher for Heol Goffa School in Llanelli, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [2]
  • Dr. Nicola Phillips O.B.E.,, British Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy for Cardiff University, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Physiotherapy [2]
  • Ms. Nicola Claire Temple Wetherill M.B.E.,, British Major, Ice Maiden Expedition team leader for the Royal Army Medical Corps, made history by planning and leading the first all-female team across the Antarctic unassisted, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [2]
  • Ms. Nicola Suzanne Thomas O.B.E.,, British Group Captain for the Royal Air Force, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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