MacNicoll is an ancient Viking-Scottish name derived from from the personal name
MacNicoll is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname MacNicoll 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 MacNicoll lived on the Isle of Skye
, which is located on the western coast.
Early Origins of the MacNicoll family
The surname MacNicoll 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 MacNicoll family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNicoll 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 MacNicoll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacNicoll Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name MacNicoll include MacNichol, MacNicol, MacNicoll, Nicolson, Nicholson, MacNicholas, MacNickle, MacNickel, MacNickell, MacNiccol, MacNychole and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNicoll 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 MacNicoll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacNicoll family to Ireland
Some of the MacNicoll 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 MacNicoll family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name MacNicoll or a variant listed above, including:
MacNicoll Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mabel Macnicoll, aged 40, who settled in America from Hastings, England, in 1919
- Malcolm A. MacNicoll, aged 8, who landed in America from Hastings, England, in 1919
- Marjorie E MacNicoll, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Hastings, England, in 1919
The MacNicoll 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.