Nilson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the distinguished Nilson family can be traced to the historic Scandinavian country of Sweden. The surname Nilson is derived from the Scandianavian personal name Njáll. This name is in turn derived from the Gaelic name Niall, which was adopted by Scandinavian settlers in Ireland. Over time, the forms Niels and Nils developed. The suffix -sson and its variants are translatable as son of.

Nilson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nielsen, Nielson, Nielssen, Niellsen, Nilsen, Nilson, Nilssen and many more.


United States Nilson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nilson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Oluf Nilson, who landed in Delaware in 1655 [1]
  • Pavel Nilson, who arrived in Delaware in 1655 [1]
  • Marguerite Nilson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1679 [1]
Nilson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Nilson, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842 [1]
  • C Nilson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846 [1]
  • Even Nilson, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Anders Nilson, who landed in Texas in 1848 [1]
  • Lars Nilson, aged 67, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nilson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aaron Nilson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nilson (post 1700) +

  • Gustaf Nilson, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1899-1900 [2]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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