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The surname is one of the oldest family names to came from that French region known as Brittany. It is derived from the Latin personal name Nicolaus, meaning "victory people."

Nicolai Early Origins



The surname Nicolai was first found in the Province of Vivarais (later, Languedoc,) where a Guy, or Guglielmo of Florence, Italy founded the Countal and Baronial House of Nicolay.

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Nicolai Spelling Variations


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Nicolai Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Nicolai, including Nicolais, Nicolai, Nicolay, De Nicolay, De Nicolai and many more.

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Nicolai Early History


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Nicolai Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicolai research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1789, 1815, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Nicolai History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nicolai Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nicolai Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nicolai Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Nicolai has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Nicolai were

Nicolai Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Nicolai, who settled in America sometime between 1750 and 1753
  • Anna Nicolai, who landed in America in 1750-1753

Nicolai Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • I M Nicolai, aged 27, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • John H Nicolai, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1837
  • Jakob Nicolai, who landed in Brazil in 1846
  • J H Nicolai, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Carl Nicolai, who arrived in Valdivia, Chile in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicolai (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicolai (post 1700)



  • Rena Nicolai, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1964
  • Matthew Nicolai, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 2000
  • Gregory Nicolai, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • Charles H. Nicolai, American politician, Delegate to Maryland State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore County, 1867-68
  • John George Nicolai, biographer of Abraham Lincoln
  • Norica Nicolai (b. 1958), Romanian lawyer and politician
  • Carl Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), German composer and conductor
  • Christoph Friedrich Nicolai (1733-1811), German writer and bookseller

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Motto


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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: En bon espoir
Motto Translation: In good hope.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 10:24.

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