Nicklas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name of the Nicklas family is derived from The surname Nicklas is a patronymic surname, belonging to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. Nicklas 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 Nicklas family

The surname Nicklas 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Nicklas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicklas 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 Nicklas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicklas Spelling Variations

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. 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. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, 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 Nicklas 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 Nicklas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nicklas family to Ireland

Some of the Nicklas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicklas migration to the United States

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Nicklas:

Nicklas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allen Nicklas, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]
Nicklas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Nicklas, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Wilhelm Nicklas, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Karl Nicklas, who arrived in America in 1867 [2]
  • George Nicklas, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]
  • Aed Nicklas, who arrived in America in 1890 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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