Niesen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dutch Niesen surname was originally a habitational name, taken on from any of various places in Friesland called Nes, or similar names. These place names come from the word "nes," which meant a "spit of land."

Early Origins of the Niesen family

The surname Niesen was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Important Dates for the Niesen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niesen research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1655, 1771, 1841, 1626, 1693 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Niesen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Niesen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ness, Nes, Neser, Nesse, Nessen, Nessel, Nest, Nesh, Neste, Netz, Nas, Nass, Nos, Noss and many more.

Early Notables of the Niesen family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niesen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Niesen migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Niesen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Niesen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [1]

Niesen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Niesen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Niesen, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Wilhelm Niesen, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Johan Niesen, who landed in Manitoba in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Niesen (post 1700)

  • Edward Niesen (1908-1974), American Jesuit priest, missionary in India and Nepal
  • Gertrude Niesen (1911-1975), American torch singer, actress, comedian, and songwriter who appeared in the Broadway musical Calling All Stars in 1934, and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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