Nickinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Nickinson name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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, and laos, which means people.  However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nickinson uses the patronymic suffix -son.
Early Origins of the Nickinson family
The surname Nickinson was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." 
Early History of the Nickinson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickinson research. Another 76 words (5 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 Nickinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nickinson Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nickinson family name include Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.
Early Notables of the Nickinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nickinson family to Ireland
Some of the Nickinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nickinson family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nickinson surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.