Nickol History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the Nickol family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Nickol was derived from from the personal name, Nicholas. Nickol is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname Nickol arose out of the religious naming tradition. In Christian countries, the name Nicholas was popular, owing to the legends surrounding the 4th century Lycian bishop of that name. In Catholic countries in particular, this religious figure was revered. This accounts for its popularity as a surname in Scotland. The name Nicholas came from the Greek, Nikolaos, which means conqueror of the people. In Scotland, the earliest bearers of the surname Nickol lived on the Isle of Skye, which is located on the western coast.
Early Origins of the Nickol family
The surname Nickol was first found in on the Isle of Skye, where the first on record was Ottar Snaekollson who was the Chief of the MacNichols and attended the Council of Chiefs, held by MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, at Finlaggan on the Island of Islay about 1240. One of the first records of the name in Scotland was Maucolum fiz Nicol, who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296 and the Nicholsons of Skye have Englished their name from Macnicol. 
Early History of the Nickol family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nickol research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1500, 1607, 1645, 1718, 1694, 1718, 1655, 1727, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1698, 1705, 1713, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Nickol History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nickol Spelling Variations
Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Nickol include MacNichol, MacNicol, MacNicoll, Nicolson, Nicholson, MacNicholas, MacNickle, MacNickel, MacNickell, MacNiccol, MacNychole and many more.
Early Notables of the Nickol family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was James Nicolson (d. 1607), Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland & Bishop of Dunkeld; Thomas Joseph Nicolson (1645-1718), a Roman Catholic bishop, Vicar Apostolic of Scotland (1694-1718); William Nicolson (1655-1727)...
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Migration of the Nickol family to Ireland
Some of the Nickol family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Nickol migration to the United States +
In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Nickol or a variant listed above:
Nickol Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Agatha Nickol, who arrived in New York in 1673 
Nickol Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Eleanor NickOl, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Henry Nickol, aged 27, who settled in America from Forthumberland, in 1893
- Mary I. Nickol, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Forthumberland, in 1893
Nickol Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. M. K. Nickol, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1912
- Kenneth Nickol, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1917
- Ernost E. Nickol, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1918
- Paul Nickol, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Nickol (post 1700) +
- Steven R. Nickol (b. 1950), American politician, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1991 to 2008)
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The Nickol Motto +
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 Translation: By Generosity.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ 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)