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A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Nilson. They lived in Ayrshire. The Nilson 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."

Nilson Early Origins



The surname Nilson 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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Nilson Spelling Variations


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Nilson Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Nilson has appeared as Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

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Nilson Early History


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Nilson Early History



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

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Nilson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nilson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Nilson In Ireland


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Nilson In Ireland



Some of the Nilson 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



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Nilson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Oluf Nilson, who landed in Delaware in 1655
  • Pavel Nilson, who arrived in Delaware in 1655
  • Marguerite Nilson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1679

Nilson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Nilson, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842
  • C Nilson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Even Nilson, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Anders Nilson, who landed in Texas in 1848
  • Lars Nilson, aged 67, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849
  • ... (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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nilson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nilson (post 1700)



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

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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    The Nilson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nilson 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 10:51.

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