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Where did the Scottish Niffen family come from? What is the Scottish Niffen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Niffen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Niffen family history?The first people to use the name Niffen were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Ayrshire. The surname Niffen was also regarded as derived from the Gaelic patronymic Mac Naoimhin, which is derived from the word naomh, meaning saint.
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Niffen has appeared as Niven, Nevin, Nevins, Nivens, Navin, Newin, Nevane, Niffen, Nifen, Niving, Neving, Newing, Neiven, Nivine, Nevison, Niveson and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niffen research. Another 332 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1296, 1386, 1400, 1538, 1590, 1635, 1639, and 1684 are included under the topic Early Niffen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Niffen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: William Nevin, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; John, Joseph, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Nevin, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1772 and 1856.
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
The Niffen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Niffen 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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