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In ancient Scotland, McNiven was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Ayrshire. The surname McNiven was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin, which is derived from the word naomh, meaning saint.

McNiven Early Origins



The surname McNiven 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.

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McNiven Spelling Variations


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McNiven Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. McNiven has been spelled Niven, Nevin, Nevins, Nivens, Navin, Newin, Nevane, Niffen, Nifen, Niving, Neving, Newing, Neiven, Nivine, Nevison, Niveson and many more.

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McNiven Early History


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McNiven Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNiven 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 McNiven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNiven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNiven Early Notables (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 McNiven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNiven In Ireland


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McNiven In Ireland



Some of the McNiven 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

McNiven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine McNiven, who landed in New York in 1738
  • John McNiven, who arrived in New York, NY in 1738
  • Merran McNiven, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Rachel McNiven, who arrived in New York, NY in 1738

McNiven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McNiven, who landed in New York in 1848
  • John McNiven, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1893

McNiven Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eliza McNiven, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Hodge Wm. McNiven, aged 26, who settled in America from Montrose, Scotland, in 1909
  • Annie S. McNiven, aged 30, who landed in America from Longforgan, Scotland, in 1910
  • David McNiven, aged 12, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • Maxwell McNiven, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McNiven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Janet McNiven arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Weymouth" in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNiven (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNiven (post 1700)



  • Daniel "Big Dan" McNiven, Scottish football center forward who led the American Soccer League in scoring in 1922-1923
  • Julie McNiven (b. 1980), American actress, known for her work on Movie 43 (2013), Mad Men (2007) and The Babymoon
  • David Scott McNiven (b. 1955), Scottish retired footballer, member of the Scotland U21 National Team (1976-1977)
  • Edward McNiven (1827-1858), English lawyer and cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University and Surrey
  • Donald Alexander McNiven (1887-1961), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Regina City (1935-1944)
  • John Graham "Jock" McNiven (1900-1969), Canadian mine engineer, mine operator and politician from the Northwest Territories, 1st Mayor of Yellowknife (1953-1954)
  • Steven "Steve" McNiven (b. 1967), Canadian comic book artist
  • Scott Andrew McNiven (b. 1978), English-born, Scottish footballer
  • David Jonathan McNiven (b. 1978), English-born, Scottish footballer

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Motto


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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


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The McNiven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNiven Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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