The history of the name Nicholus began when it was derived from The surname Nicholus is a patronymic
surname, belonging to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames
. Nicholus is derived from the personal name Nicholas.
It was a popular given name in the Middle Ages. This surname came to England
with the Bretons
, who accompanied Duke William of Normandy
when he invaded England
in 1066. The Bretons
were from the peninsula of Brittany
in the northwest of France. Formerly known as Armorica, a possession of the Roman Empire
, this land consists of a plateau with a deeply indented coast and is broken by hills in the west. However, the region was renamed Britannia Minor by the Romans
, following the emigration of six thousand Britons
across the English Channel, an event which took place at the behest of the Roman Commander in Britain.
Early Origins of the Nicholus family
The surname Nicholus was first found in Cornwall; although in early times another branch of the family was established at West Horsley in Surrey
. "The east window contains some very ancient stained glass; and there are two handsome monuments to the Nicholas family, one of whom, Sir Edward, was secretary of state to Charles I. and II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Nicholus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicholus research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1611, 1658, 1657, 1594, 1661, 1593, 1669, 1595 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Nicholus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nicholus Spelling Variations
There are many spelling variations
surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Nicholas, Nicholl, Nichol, Nicholls, Nicolas and many more.
Early Notables of the Nicholus family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Matthew Nicholas (1594-1661), English Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Sir Edward Nicholas (1593-1669), an English office holder and politician... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nicholus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nicholus family to Ireland
Some of the Nicholus family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Nicholus family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Nicholus arrived in North America very early: Austin Nicholas, who arrived in Plymouth in 1621; Elizabeth Nicholls, who came to New England
in 1635; Andrew Nichols, who settled in Virginia in 1648.