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Where did the English Nickell family come from? What is the English Nickell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nickell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nickell family history?

The name Nickell reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Nickell family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Nickell is based on the given name Nicholas. Nicholas derives from the Greek Nikolaos, which is made up of the words nikan, meaning to conquer, and laos, meaning people.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Nickell has been recorded under many different variations, including Nicholl, Niccolls, Nichel, Nichol, Nicholls, Nichols, Nickel, Nickle, Nickles, Nicolls, Nicol, Nycol, Nuckles and many more.

First found in Cheshire, where the family held a family seat from very early times; the Nickells were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickell research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1054, 1307, 1500, 1550, 1589, 1555, 1584, 1559, 1616, 1590, 1668, 1587, 1642, 1619, 1683, 1624, 1672, 1630, 1687, 1672, 1673, 1699, 1778, 1681, 1727, 1727, 1658, 1640, 1640, 1648, 1664, 1712, 1756, 1850, 1779 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Nickell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 301 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nickell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nickell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Nickells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Nickell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Nickell, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Nickell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Herm Nickell, who landed in Arkansas in 1884

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  • Joe Nickell (b. 1944), American prominent skeptic and investigator of the paranormal, Senior Research Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
  • Matt Nickell (b. 1983), American professional soccer player
  • Francis M. Nickell (1843-1913), American contractor, builder and politician, Member of the Los Angeles City Council (1890-1984), (1896-1898)
  • Stephen John Nickell CBE (b. 1944), British economist and former Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford


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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: Fide sed cui vide
Motto Translation: Trust, but in whom take care.

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The Nickell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nickell 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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