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An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Nice. It is a name for someone who lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland and England. In this case, the surname Nice comes from the Old English word, ness, which means headland. Thus, the surname Nice means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.

Nice Early Origins



The surname Nice was first found in Fife, 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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Nice Spelling Variations


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Nice Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Nice include Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.

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Nice Early History


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Nice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nice research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1093, 1153, 1160, 1180, and 1260 are included under the topic Early Nice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nice Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Nice In Ireland


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Nice In Ireland



Some of the Nice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 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



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North Ameri ca. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Nice:

Nice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Barbara Nice, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Barbara Nice, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Jacob Wilhelm Nice, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Mathias Nice, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Dewald Nice, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Nice, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Piotr Nice, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Nice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Walter F. Nice, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Harry Nice, aged 44, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • John Nice, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Leonidas Nice, aged 57, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Anna L. Nice, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nice Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A J Nice, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Harry Nice, aged 30, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nice (post 1700)



  • Mary Louise Nice (b. 1911), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944 (alternate), 1956; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 42nd District, 1948, 1950
  • John J. Nice, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Indianapolis, Indiana, 1962 (acting, 1962)
  • Harry Whinna III Nice (b. 1935), American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 3rd District, 1967-70
  • Harry Whinna Nice (1877-1941), American Republican politician, Governor of Maryland, 1935-39; Defeated, 1919, 1938; Candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1940
  • Frank M. Nice, American Democrat politician, Burgess of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1906-09
  • Deirdre Nice, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1996
  • Deeley K. Nice (1910-1956), American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1947; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1948, 1952; judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1954-56
  • Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974), American ornithologist and author of Studies in the Life History of the Song Sparrow (1937)
  • Harry Whinna Nice (1877-1941), American politician, 50th Governor of Maryland (1935 to 1939)
  • J. O. Van Nice, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1936
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Nice Historic Events


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Nice Historic Events




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Nice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nice 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 7 December 2016 at 05:20.

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