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Nivens Surname History



The name Nivens was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Nivens family lived in Ayrshire. The surname Nivens was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin, which is derived from the word naomh, meaning saint.


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 in 1066.

Early History of the Nivens family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nivens research.
Another 252 words (18 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


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Nivens has appeared as 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...
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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 72 words (5 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


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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

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