Nycolson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Nycolson is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Nicholas. The Latin form of this name was Nicolaus, and it was derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which is derived from the words nikan, which means to conquer, and laos, which means people. [1] However, the name is best remembered by an American corruption of his name: Santa Claus. The surname Nycolson uses the patronymic suffix -son.

Early Origins of the Nycolson family

The surname Nycolson was first found in Cumberland and Northumberland where "most families of this name trace." [2]

"With few exceptions confined to the northern half of England, being most frequent in Cumberland and Northumberland, and afterwards in Durham and in the adjacent parts of Yorkshire. From the north of England the Nicholsons and Nicolsons have extended into the Scottish border counties, especially into Dumfriesshire." [3]

Early History of the Nycolson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nycolson research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1443, 1446, 1489, 1544, 1547, 1663, 1669, 1688, 1683, 1688, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1712, 1714, 1720, 1725 and are included under the topic Early Nycolson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nycolson Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nycolson has undergone many spelling variations, including Nicholson, Nichaelson, Nichalson, Nicherson and others.

Early Notables of the Nycolson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Nycolson family to Ireland

Some of the Nycolson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 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 Nycolson family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nycolson were among those contributors: Garret Nicholson, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Alex Nicholson, who settled in Virginia in 1650; as well as George, Jane, John, Phillip Nicholson also settled in Virginia.



The Nycolson 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: Per Castra ad astra
Motto Translation: Through the camp to the stars.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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