Nillsson was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Nillsson family lived in Ayrshire
. The Nillsson family name is also a Scottish patronymic
name created from the personal name
Neill. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Néill
meaning "descendant, or son of Niall."
Early Origins of the Nillsson family
The surname Nillsson was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Nillsson family
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Nillsson Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Nillsson has been spelled Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.
Early Notables of the Nillsson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nillsson family to Ireland
Some of the Nillsson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nillsson family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: James Neilson, who came to Virginia in 1696; George Neilson, who came to Maryland in 1716; Rachel Neilson, who arrived in New England
in 1720; James Neilson, who came to Boston in 1738.
The Nillsson Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: His regi servitium
Motto Translation: With these we render service to the king.