Nicolas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Nicolas began when it was derived from The surname Nicolas is a patronymic surname, belonging to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. Nicolas is derived from the personal name Nicholas. It was a popular given name in the Middle Ages. This surname came to England with the Bretons, who accompanied Duke William of Normandy when he invaded England in 1066. The Bretons were from the peninsula of Brittany in the northwest of France. Formerly known as Armorica, a possession of the Roman Empire, this land consists of a plateau with a deeply indented coast and is broken by hills in the west. However, the region was renamed Britannia Minor by the Romans, following the emigration of six thousand Britons across the English Channel, an event which took place at the behest of the Roman Commander in Britain.

Early Origins of the Nicolas family

The surname Nicolas was first found in Cornwall; although in early times another branch of the family was established at West Horsley in Surrey. "The east window contains some very ancient stained glass; and there are two handsome monuments to the Nicholas family, one of whom, Sir Edward, was secretary of state to Charles I. and II." [1]

Important Dates for the Nicolas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicolas research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1611, 1658, 1657, 1594, 1661, 1593, 1669, 1595 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Nicolas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicolas Spelling Variations

There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Nicholas, Nicholl, Nichol, Nicholls, Nicolas and many more.

Early Notables of the Nicolas family (pre 1700)

Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Matthew Nicholas (1594-1661), English Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Sir Edward Nicholas (1593-1669), an English office holder and politician...
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Migration of the Nicolas family to Ireland

Some of the Nicolas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicolas migration to the United States

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Nicolas arrived in North America very early:

Nicolas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Augustine Nicolas, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [2]
  • Austin Nicolas, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [2]
Nicolas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Nicolas, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • Claude Nicolas, aged 19, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Johannes Nicolas, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • Francois Nicolas, who landed in Annapolis, Maryland in 1763 [2]
  • Antoine Nicolas, who arrived in Mobile, AL in 1786
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nicolas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Nicolas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • Alexander Nicolas, aged 29, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Catalina Nicolas, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1841 [2]
  • Nicolas Nicolas, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1849 [2]
  • William Nicolas, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nicolas migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nicolas Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Etienne Nicolas who arrived in Quebec in 1750 from Aunis near Bordeaux

Nicolas migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nicolas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Nicolas, (b. 1825), aged 24, Cornish dairymaid departing from Plymouth21st December 1848 aboard the ship "General Palmer" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 10th April 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nicolas (post 1700)

  • Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1799-1848), English antiquary, made a knight of the Royal Guelphic Order, and a chancellor and knight-commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1832
  • François Nicolas de Salomon, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Jean Nicolas, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Paul Nicolas (1899-1959), French football player
  • Auguste Nicolas (1807-1888), French Roman Catholic apologetical writer
  • Jean Edouard Marie Nicolas (1913-1978), French football player
  • Mr. David Nicolas Whal M.B.E.,, British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to UK/France relations [6]
  • Dr. Robert Nicolas Gent C.B.E., (b. 1960), British Consultant for Health Protection and Deputy Head for Emergency Response Department for Public Health England, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Health Protection [7]
  • Peter Nicolas Eastgate (b. 1985), Danish poker player, winner of the Main Event at the 2008 World Series of Poker
  • Simon Nicolas Streatfeild (b. 1929), English-born, Canadian violist, conductor and teacher

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 11) François Nicolas. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, June 16) Jean Nicolas. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  7. ^ "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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