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It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Neilsen. It was a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire. The Neilsen family name is also a Scottish patronymic name created from the personal name Neill. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "descendant, or son of Niall."

Neilsen Early Origins



The surname Neilsen 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 early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Neilsen Spelling Variations


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Neilsen 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. Neilsen has appeared as Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

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Neilsen Early History


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Neilsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neilsen research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1474 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Neilsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neilsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neilsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Neilsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neilsen In Ireland


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Neilsen In Ireland



Some of the Neilsen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words (16 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



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:

Neilsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hans Peter Neilsen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Olaf Neilsen, aged 26, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1883

Neilsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Niels Peter Neilsen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1902

Neilsen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Neilsen, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Isabella Neilsen, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • William Neilsen, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane Neilsen, aged 8, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Henry Neilsen, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Neilsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Didrick Neilsen, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Jorgen Neilsen, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Neilsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Neilsen (post 1700)



  • Philip Max Neilsen (b. 1949), Australian poet, fiction writer for adults, young adults and children, and professor of creative writing and English at the Queensland University of Technology
  • Jade Neilsen (b. 1991), Australian silver medalist swimmer at the 2012 Olympic Games

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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: His regi servitium
Motto Translation: With these we render service to the king.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Neilsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neilsen 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 February 2015 at 13:10.

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