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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Nielsen. The Nielsen family lived in Ayrshire. The Nielsen family name is also a Scottish patronymic name created from the personal name Neill. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "descendant, or son of Niall."

Nielsen Early Origins



The surname Nielsen was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Nielsen Spelling Variations


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Nielsen Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Nielsen has appeared as Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

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Nielsen Early History


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Nielsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nielsen research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1474 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Nielsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nielsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nielsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nielsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nielsen In Ireland


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Nielsen In Ireland



Some of the Nielsen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words (16 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



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Nielsen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jonas Nielsen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Lorenz Nielsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1754

Nielsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N Nielsen, aged 12, landed in New York, NY in 1837
  • Neils Tobias Nielsen, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1837
  • Oele Nielsen, aged 13, landed in New York, NY in 1837
  • P Nielsen, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1837
  • Enig Nielsen, age 9, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nielsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Niels Christian Nielsen, who arrived in Colorado in 1906
  • Halger Dines Harald Nielsen, who arrived in Alabama in 1925

Nielsen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Niels Ingrord Nielsen, who landed in Halifax or New York in 1883

Nielsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hans Nielsen, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Catherine Nielsen, aged 42, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Lars Nielsen, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Marie Nielsen, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Karen Nielsen, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nielsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nielsen (post 1700)



  • Dr. Jerri Lin Nielsen (1952-2009), American physician, Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station doctor in 1998
  • Arthur Charles Nielsen Sr. (1897-1980), American market analyst, founder of ACNielsen company in 1923
  • Harry Nielsen, American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Monona County; Elected 1950
  • Hans Christian Nielsen (b. 1850), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Hartlepool, 1897-99; West Hartlepool, 1899-1911
  • Gordon N. Nielsen, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Montcalm County, 1950
  • Iener W. Nielsen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948, 1952
  • Jadine Nielsen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2008
  • Larry D. Nielsen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972
  • Larry L. Nielsen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 44th District, 1978, 1980; Supervisor of Benton Township, Michigan, 1985
  • Marcellus Nielsen, American politician, Mayor of Spanish Fork, Utah, 1953
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Nielsen Historic Events


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Nielsen Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Christian Nielsen (1910-1937), German Navigator  from Sylt, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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Suggested Readings for the name Nielsen


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Suggested Readings for the name Nielsen



  • Descendants of Hans Jorgen Thomsen and Ane Kjerstine Ditlevsen of Kjes, Denmark by Frances Hansen Ehrig.

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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: His regi servitium
Motto Translation: With these we render service to the king.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. 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.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Nielsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nielsen 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 2 August 2016 at 12:17.

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