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Nihil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Nihil is Ó Néill, which means descendant of Niall, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion."

Early Origins of the Nihil family


The surname Nihil was first found in County Tyrone (Irish: Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, and County Clare where O'Neill was chief of Clan Dalvy and of Tradree, a district in the barony of Inchiquinn. In the 10th century, a branch of this family went to Limerick to assist in the expulsion of the Danes. After one victorious occasion they wore green boughs in their helmets and on their horses' heads signifying their victory.

Early History of the Nihil family


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Nihil Spelling Variations


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Nihil dating from that time include O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

Early Notables of the Nihil family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir Niall O'Neill who distinguished himself at the Battle of the Boyne; Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone (c.1480-1559) King of Tir Eogain; Shane O'Neill (c.1530-1567), Irish king of the O'Neill dynasty of Ulster; Hugh O'Neill (c. 1550-1616), Earl of Tyrone, also...
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Migration of the Nihil family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nihil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Nihil, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  • Joseph Nihil, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  • Patrick Nihil, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • Honor Nihil, aged 13, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm

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