Nixon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The roots of the Nixon family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use their surname. It is derived from the personal name Nicholas, which was Nik, or Nikke in Old English.

Early Origins of the Nixon family

The surname Nixon was first found in Cumberland 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Nixon family

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Nixon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nixon, Nicksoun, Nickson, Nicheson, Nickson and others.

Early Notables of the Nixon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Nixon, English legendary prophet of Cheshire, however, many accounts about him appear to be in conflict with each other, it is generally...
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Migration of the Nixon family to Ireland

Some of the Nixon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Nixon migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nixon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Nixon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [1]
Nixon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kath Nixon, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Henry Nixon, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • George Nixon, who was on record in New York in 1760
  • Robert Spencer Nixon, who landed in America in 1793 [1]
Nixon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Nixon, who arrived in America in 1802 [1]
  • Robert Nixon, who landed in America in 1803 [1]
  • Mary Nixon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Andrew Nixon, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1818
  • John Nixon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
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Nixon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nixon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Nixon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Allan Nixon U.E., (Allen) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Nixon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Nixon, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • William Nixon, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Sarah Nixon, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

Nixon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nixon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Nixon, a shipwright, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Nixon, a potter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Eliza Nixon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
  • Henry Nixon a policeman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
  • Henry Nixon a surveyor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
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Nixon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nixon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Nixon, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Eliza Julia Nixon, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mr. Adam Nixon, (b. 1799), aged 48, Irish , settler born in County Cavan, Ireland arriving as 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [4]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Nixon née O'Reilly, (b. 1807), aged 40, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [4]
  • Miss Ellen Nixon, (b. 1828), aged 19, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Nixon (post 1700)

  • Edward Calvert Nixon (1930-2019), American entrepreneur, the youngest and last surviving brother of United States President Richard Nixon
  • Russell Eugene "Rus" Nixon (1935-2016), American Major League Baseball catcher, coach and manager
  • Agnes Nixon (1922-2016), née Eckhardt, an American five-time Writers' Guild of America Award winning and five-time Daytime Emmy Award winning television writer and producer
  • Marni Nixon (1930-2016), born Margaret Nixon McEathron, an American soprano and playback singer, best known for dubbing the singing voices of leading actresses in the films The King and I, West Side Story and My Fair Lady
  • David Nixon (b. 1985), American NFL football linebacker
  • Marian Nixon (1904-1983), born Marian Nissinen, American film actress
  • Jeremiah Wilson "Jay" Nixon (b. 1956), American politician, the 55th Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri
  • Cynthia Ellen Nixon (b. 1966), American two-time Emmy Award, Tony Award, and Grammy Award winning actress, best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004)
  • John Nixon (1724-1815), American brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Otis Junior Nixon Jr. (b. 1959), American retired Major League Baseball center fielder and switch-hitter
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Historic Events for the Nixon family

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Leslie Nixon (1913-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
  • Miss Emma J Nixon (1911-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
  • Mrs. Ethel Mary Nixon (1885-1914), née Jeffrey Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Joseph  Nixon (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Harry Nixon (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Harold Nixon, English Storekeeper from Anfield, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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