Nigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Nigh was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Noye.

Early Origins of the Nigh family

The surname Nigh was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Nigh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nigh research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1614, 1568, 1622, 1614, 1647 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Nigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nigh Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Noyes, Noye, Nye, Nie, Noyers, Noyce, Noise and others.

Early Notables of the Nigh family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Noyes (1524-1614); and his son, Rev. William Noyes (1568-1622), an English clergyman, Rector of Cholderton, Wiltshire. Peter Noyes was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Andover in 1614. Reverend Nicholas Noyes Jr...
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Nigh migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Nigh or a variant listed above were:

Nigh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Nigh, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nigh (post 1700)

  • William Nigh (1881-1955), American film director, writer, and actor, known for his work in Mr. Wong, Detective (1938), Black Dragons (1942) and The Ape (1940)
  • Donna Nigh (b. 1933), American First Lady of Oklahoma (1979-1987), inductee into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame
  • George Patterson Nigh (b. 1927), American politician and civic leader, 22nd Governor of Oklahoma (1979-1987), 10th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (1967-1979), 17th Governor of Oklahoma in 1963
  • Oleta Nigh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1972 [2]
  • George Patterson Nigh (b. 1927), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, 1959-63, 1967-79; Governor of Oklahoma, 1963, 1979-87 [2]

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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from
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