On the Scottish west coast, the Niece family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Naos,
which is a dialectal form of Aonghus
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis,
which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois
; both of these mean son of Angus.
Thus, the name Niece is a cognate of MacAngus
Early Origins of the Niece family
The surname Niece was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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.
Early History of the Niece family
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Niece Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Niece has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.
Early Notables of the Niece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Niece family to Ireland
Some of the Niece family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Niece family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Niece were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.
Contemporary Notables of the name Niece (post 1700)
- Ronald H. Niece, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Green Oak Township, Michigan; Elected 1984 CITATION[CLOSE]
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