Nigh Surname History

Nigh is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Nigh 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

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include 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

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Nigh or a variant listed above:

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]


  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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