Early Origins of the Niklas family
The surname Niklas was first found in Austria
, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name refers to St. Nickolaus, the patron saint of seafaring merchants and the protector of children.
Early History of the Niklas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niklas research.Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1339, 1402, 1417, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Niklas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Niklas Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Niklas include Nicholas, Nickelas, Nicholaus, Nicolaus, Nicolas, Nichlas, Nicklas, Niclas, Niklas, Nikolaus, Nikelaus, Nickelaus, Nickolaus and many more.
Early Notables of the Niklas family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Niklas were Nikolaus von der Fluee (1417-87), who was a Swiss hermit, and was canonized in 1947. Nikolaus von Jeroschin was a priest of the Teutonic Order. He wrote a life of St. Adalbert and a verse... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niklas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Niklas family to the New World and Oceana
was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian
settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Niklas or a variant listed above: Jacob Nicholas, who came to Philadelphia in 1741.