The Nicaelson family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Nicholas.
The Latin form of this name was Nicolaus,
and it was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos,
which is derived from the words nikan,
which means to conquer,
which means people. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nicaelson uses the patronymic
Early Origins of the Nicaelson family
The surname Nicaelson was first found in Cumberland
where "most families of this name trace." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Nicaelson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicaelson research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1669, 1688, 1683, 1688, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1712, 1714, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Nicaelson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nicaelson Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Nicaelson include Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.
Early Notables of the Nicaelson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nicaelson family to Ireland
Some of the Nicaelson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 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 Nicaelson family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Nicaelson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Garret Nicholson, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Alex Nicholson, who settled in Virginia in 1650; as well as George, Jane, John, Phillip Nicholson also settled in Virginia.
The Nicaelson 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: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.