There are several places named Newland in Britain. It is unclear whether the Nielan surname was derived from a place name, or whether it was taken on by someone lived on some land only recently cultivated.
Early Origins of the Nielan family
The surname Nielan was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Nielan family
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Nielan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nielan family name include Newland, Newling, Newley, Nieland, Newlan and others.
Early Notables of the Nielan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Newlyn (1597-1688), an English clergyman and academic, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 1640 to 1648; and Roger Newland of Newlands in Southampton who having failed... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nielan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nielan family to Ireland
Some of the Nielan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Nielan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Nielan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Bridget Nielan, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1858.shtml.
The Nielan 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: Le Nom, les armes, la loyauté
Motto Translation: The Name, the arms, the loyalty.