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The roots of the Nicolson family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Nicolson was derived from from the personal name, Nicholas. Nicolson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname Nicolson 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 Nicolson lived on the Isle of Skye, which is located on the western coast.

Nicolson Early Origins



The surname Nicolson 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Nicolson Spelling Variations


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Nicolson 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 Nicolson include MacNichol, MacNicol, MacNicoll, Nicolson, Nicholson, MacNicholas, MacNickle, MacNickel, MacNickell, MacNiccol, MacNychole and many more.

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Nicolson Early History


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Nicolson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicolson research. Another 229 words (16 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 Nicolson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nicolson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nicolson Early Notables (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)...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nicolson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nicolson In Ireland


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Nicolson In Ireland



Some of the Nicolson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 Nicolson or a variant listed above:

Nicolson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Nicolson, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • James Nicolson, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Samuel Nicolson, who settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne
  • Elizabeth Nicolson, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • John Nicolson, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nicolson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kathrin Nicolson, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775
  • Finlow Nicolson, aged 16, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Nicolson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Nicolson, who landed in New York in 1850

Nicolson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Nicolson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) planter 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Margaret Nicolson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Robert Nicolson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Ann Jane Nicolson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • James Nicolson, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nicolson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Nicolson, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicolson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicolson (post 1700)



  • R. D. Nicolson, American politician, Mayor of Selma, Alabama, 1952
  • Marjorie Hope Nicolson (1894-1981), American academic
  • Nigel Nicolson OBE (1917-2004), British publisher, writer and politician, son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West
  • John Nicolson (1899-1935), South African cricketer
  • Sir Harold Nicolson KCVO CMG (1886-1968), British diplomat, politician and writer, son of Arthur Nicolson
  • Gerda Nicolson (1937-1992), Australian actress
  • Sir Arthur Nicolson (1849-1928), 1st Baron Carnock, British diplomat and politician
  • Adela Florence Nicolson (1865-1904), British poet using the pen name Laurence Hope
  • Adam Nicolson (b. 1957), 5th Baron Carnock, British writer
  • Wing Commander Eric James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC (1917-1945), British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII

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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: Generositate
Motto Translation: By Generosity.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Nicolson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nicolson 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.

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