Nickisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Nickisson is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It 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 Nickisson uses the patronymic suffix -son.
Early Origins of the Nickisson family
The surname Nickisson was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." 
"With few exceptions confined to the northern half of England, being most frequent in Cumberland and Northumberland, and afterwards in Durham and in the adjacent parts of Yorkshire. From the north of England the Nicholsons and Nicolsons have extended into the Scottish border counties, especially into Dumfriesshire." 
Early History of the Nickisson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickisson research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1443, 1446, 1489, 1544, 1547, 1663, 1669, 1688, 1683, 1688, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1712, 1714, 1720, 1725 and are included under the topic Early Nickisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nickisson 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 Nickisson 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. The variations of the name Nickisson include: Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.
Early Notables of the Nickisson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nickisson family to Ireland
Some of the Nickisson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nickisson family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Nickisson or a variant listed above: 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.
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: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.