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The ancient Scottish name Nielson was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Ayrshire. The Nielson 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."

Nielson Early Origins



The surname Nielson 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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Nielson Spelling Variations


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Nielson Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Nielson has been spelled Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

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Nielson Early History


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Nielson Early History



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

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Nielson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nielson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Nielson In Ireland


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Nielson In Ireland



Some of the Nielson 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



To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North Ameri ca. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Nielson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Nielson, who landed in America in 1801
  • James Nielson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eliza' h Nielson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eliza'h Nielson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Johnas Nielson, aged 33, landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nielson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Paul Knud Ulrick Nielson, who landed in Alabama in 1919

Nielson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mark Nielson, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nielson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nielson (post 1700)



  • Howard C. Nielson (b. 1924), former American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah (1983-1991)
  • N. P. Nielson (d. 1957), American Republican politician, Idaho State Auditor, 1947-57
  • Minnie Jean Nielson, American Republican politician, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1919-26; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1920
  • L. P. Nielson, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 58th District, 1923-26
  • Joseph L. Nielson, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Salem; Elected 1940
  • James P. Nielson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940
  • Howard Curtis Nielson (b. 1924), American Republican politician, Member of Utah State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Utah 3rd District, 1983-91
  • Eldon D. Nielson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • Edna M. Nielson, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972
  • Donald C. Nielson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1952
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Nielson


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Suggested Readings for the name Nielson



  • Our Norwegian Forefathers and Their American Descendants by Ruby Sather Freid.

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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