The surname Nivens was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire
. The surname Nivens was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin,
which is derived from the word naomh,
Early Origins of the Nivens family
The surname Nivens 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 very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Nivens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nivens research.Another 503 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1400, 1296, 1386, 1538, 1590, 1635, 1715, 1700, 1639, 1684 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Nivens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nivens Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland
. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations
are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Nivens has been spelled Niven, Nevin, Nevins, Nivens, Navin, Newin, Nevane, Niffen, Nifen, Niving, Neving, Newing, Neiven, Nivine, Nevison, Niveson and many more.
Early Notables of the Nivens family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Kate McNiven (died 1715), also called Kate Nevin was a young nurse who served the House of Inchbrakie in the Parish of Monzie, near Crieff in Scotland
in the early 1700s, she was one of the... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nivens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nivens family to Ireland
Some of the Nivens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 133 words (10 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 Nivens family to the New World and Oceana
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
Nivens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel Nivens, who arrived in New York State in 1821
Contemporary Notables of the name Nivens (post 1700)
- Bryan Robert Nivens (b. 1979), American artist and photographer
- George Nivens (1929-2008), Scottish footballer
- James Nivens (1851-1925), Scottish physician
- Derek Nivens (b. 1983), Scottish professional footballer
- Colin Nivens (b. 1903), Australian rules footballer
The Nivens 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: Vivis sperandum
Motto Translation: Where there is life there is hope