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The name Nicely is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the township of Knowsley in the parish of Huyton in the county of Lancashire. In 1086, at the time of the Domesday survey Knowsley was considered a part of Cheshire due to the fact that the county of Lancashire was not created until 1182. The parish of Huyton is also known as Huyton-with-Roby in Liverpool.

Nicely Early Origins



The surname Nicely was first found in Lancashire at Knowsley, now a large village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside. More commonly known as Knowsley Village, the village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Chenulueslei and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Cenwulf or Cynewulf," from the Old English personal name + "leah." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"This place was early held by a family of the local name. It became the property of the Lathom family by the marriage of Sir Robert de Lathom with Catherine, daughter and heiress of Thomas de Knowsley." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The oldest Thomas de Knowesley was born in the year 1200 and died in Picardie, France in 1259. His son Sir Thomas de Knowsley, born in 1245 and died in 1259 at the age of 14 had no issue.

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Nicely Spelling Variations


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Nicely Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Nicely are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Nicely include: Knowsley, Knowesley, Knowsly, Knowslie, Nicely and many more.

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Nicely Early History


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Nicely Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicely research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1182, 1086, 1570, 1585, 1586 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Nicely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nicely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nicely Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Nicely or a variant listed above:

Nicely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John W. Nicely, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Nicely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen D. Nicely, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Clifford Nicely, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicely (post 1700)



  • William P. A. Nicely (1922-1991), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1955-58, 1964-70, 1983-85; Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1970-77, 1986-89
  • A. J. Nicely, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1921-22
  • Olza M. "Tony" Nicely, American executive, current CEO of Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO)
  • Jonnie Nicely (b. 1936), American model
  • nick nicely (b. 1959), (always spelt in lower case), British musician

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Nicely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nicely 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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