The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name MacNickell. It was derived from from the personal name
MacNickell is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname MacNickell arose out of the religious naming tradition. In Christian countries, the name Nicholas was popular, owing to the legends surrounding the 4th century Lycian bishop of that name. In Catholic countries in particular, this religious figure was revered. This accounts for its popularity as a surname in Scotland
. The name Nicholas came from the Greek, Nikolaos,
which means conqueror of the people.
, the earliest bearers of the surname MacNickell lived on the Isle of Skye
, which is located on the western coast.
Early Origins of the MacNickell family
The surname MacNickell was first found in on the Isle of Skye
, where the first on record was Ottar Snaekollson who was the Chief of the MacNichols and attended the Council of Chiefs, held by MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, at Finlaggan on the Island of Islay
about 1240. One of the first records of the name in Scotland
was Maucolum fiz Nicol, who rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296 and the Nicholsons of Skye
have Englished their name from Macnicol. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the MacNickell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNickell research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1500, 1607, 1645, 1718, 1694, 1718, 1655, 1727, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1698, 1705, 1713, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early MacNickell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacNickell Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations
of MacNickell include MacNichol, MacNicol, MacNicoll, Nicolson, Nicholson, MacNicholas, MacNickle, MacNickel, MacNickell, MacNiccol, MacNychole and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNickell family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was James Nicolson (d. 1607), Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
& Bishop of Dunkeld; Thomas Joseph Nicolson (1645-1718), a Roman Catholic bishop, Vicar Apostolic of Scotland
(1694-1718); William Nicolson (1655-1727)... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacNickell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacNickell family to Ireland
Some of the MacNickell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 MacNickell family to the New World and Oceana
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence
. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the MacNickell name: Samuel Nicolson, who settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne; Angus
, Ann, Archibald, Jean, John, Robert, McNicol, who all arrived in Wilmington NC in 1774.
The MacNickell 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 Translation: By Generosity.