Show ContentsNiblock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Niblock surname is thought to derive from the Middle English word "nibbe," which was a form of "neb," which meant "nose."

Early Origins of the Niblock family

The surname Niblock was first found in Gloucestershire 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Niblock family

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Niblock Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Niblock were recorded, including Niblet, Niblick, Niblock,Niblett, Neblit, Neblitt, Niblit and many more.

Early Notables of the Niblock family

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Ireland Migration of the Niblock family to Ireland

Some of the Niblock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Niblock migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Niblock family emigrate to North America:

Niblock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bradford, David, Robert, and Joseph Niblock who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Australia Niblock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Niblock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Niblock, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Niblock (post 1700) +

  • Phill Niblock (1933-2024), American minimalist composer and videographer
  • A. A. Niblock, American Republican politician, Chair of Johnson County Republican Party, 1950 [2]
  • Dr. Mary M Niblock, English researcher and professor in the department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire
  • Hugh Niblock (1949-2022), Northern Irish Gaelic footballer who played for club sides Magherafelt and St. Gall's and at inter-county level with the Derry senior football team
  • John Niblock, Canadian superintendent with the Canadian Pacific Railway, early promoter of tourism in the Rocky Mountains, eponym of Mount Niblock
  • Henry Niblock, British Diplomat
  • Edwin Niblock Lightfoot (1925-2017), American chemical engineer and Hilldale Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the 2004 recipient of the National Medal of Science

  1. South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook