In ancient Scotland
, Nivison was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Ayrshire
. The surname Nivison was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin,
which is derived from the word naomh,
Early Origins of the Nivison family
The surname Nivison 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
Early History of the Nivison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nivison 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 Nivison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nivison Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Nivison has been spelled Niven, Nevin, Nevins, Nivens, Navin, Newin, Nevane, Niffen, Nifen, Niving, Neving, Newing, Neiven, Nivine, Nevison, Niveson and many more.
Early Notables of the Nivison family (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 Nivison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nivison family to Ireland
Some of the Nivison 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.
Migration of the Nivison family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them:
Nivison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Catherine S. Nivison, aged 32, who settled in America from Markinch, Scotland, in 1907
- Jessie Nivison, aged 30, who landed in America from Markinch, Scotland, in 1908
- Thomas Nivison, aged 29, who settled in America from Markinch, Scotland, in 1908
- Thomas Nivison, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1909
- John Nivison, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Penicnik, Scotland, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Nivison (post 1700)
- David Shepherd Nivison (b. 1923), American sinologist
- Robert Nivison (1849-1930), 1st Baron Glendyne, Scottish stockbroker
- John "Jack" Allen Cowell Kennedy Nivison CBE, JP, British President of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man
The Nivison 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