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The roots of the name Niven are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Niven was originally found in Ayrshire. The surname Niven was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin, which is derived from the word naomh, meaning saint.

Niven Early Origins



The surname Niven 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 very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Niven Spelling Variations


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Niven 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. Niven has appeared as Niven, Nevin, Nevins, Nivens, Navin, Newin, Nevane, Niffen, Nifen, Niving, Neving, Newing, Neiven, Nivine, Nevison, Niveson and many more.

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Niven Early History


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Niven Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niven research. Another 503 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1400, 1296, 1386, 1538, 1590, 1635, 1715, 1700, 1639, 1684 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Niven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Niven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Niven Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Kate McNiven (died 1715), also called Kate Nevin was a young nurse who served the House of Inchbrakie in the Parish of Monzie, near Crieff in Scotland in the early 1700s, she was one of the...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Niven In Ireland


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Niven In Ireland



Some of the Niven family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 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:

Niven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Niven, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • William Niven, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • William Niven, who settled in New Jersey in 1686

Niven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Niven, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Francis Niven, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Benjamin Niven, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • R Niven, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • George Niven, who landed in New York in 1853

Niven Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Niven, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Thomas Niven, aged 8, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Patrick Niven, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • John Niven, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Mary Niven, aged under 1, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Niven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Niven, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"
  • Thomas Niven, aged 28, a coach painter, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Niven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Dugald Niven, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Christina Niven, aged 37, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Mary Niven, aged 13, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • William Niven, aged 2, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Niven (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Niven (post 1700)



  • William R. Niven, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1902, 1908; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • Pearl L. Niven, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 8th Ward, 1938
  • Archibald Campbell Niven (1803-1882), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 9th District, 1845-47; Member of New York State Senate 9th District, 1864-65
  • Laurence van Cott Niven (1938-1970), American science fiction author, best-known for work Ringworld (1970)
  • Ivan Morton Niven (1915-1999), Canadian-born, American mathematician, eponym of Niven's constant, Niven numbers, Niven's theorem and the asteroid 12513 Niven
  • Bryan Robert Niven (b. 1979), American artist and photographer
  • Archibald Campbell Niven (1803-1882), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • William Niven (1850-1937), Scottish mineralogist and archeologist
  • John Niven (1921-2011), Scottish footballer
  • James B. Niven, Scottish international footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Vivis sperandum
Motto Translation: Where there is life there is hope


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    11. ...

    The Niven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Niven 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.

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