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Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s

Captain A. Nielsen

November 27, 1891, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

San Francisco Bay. 1899.

Topographic Map. San Francisco Bay. 1899.

Born: Nielsen - In this city, November 26, 1891, to the wife of Captain A. Nielsen, a son.

Origins of Nielson/Nielsen

Recorded in many spelling variations and found throughout Europe and Scandanavia, this is a surname of ancient origins. An estimated eighty spellings include: MacNeill, O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neil, Niall, Neill, or the patronymics Neals, Neilsen, Neilson, Nielson, Neelson, Nealon, and Nelson. The origination is from the pre-7th century Gaelic name 'Niall' meaning 'champion'. It is claimed that the personal name was 'borrowed' from Ireland by the Norse-Vikings, and introduced into Scandanavia as 'Njall', before being taken to Normandy by the 'Norsemen' in the 8th and 9th centuries. It was then 'returned' to the British Isles with the Norman Conquest of 1066, as Neil or Nell. Recorded in surviving ancient charters is that the O'Neil's were the chief clan of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland from the 10th century. In Scotland during the reign of King James Vth of Scotland, the Neilsons were the hereditary Lords of Bute. The first recorded spelling of the family name is supposed to be that of John Neilson, dated 1314, in the Royal Charter of Craigcatte, during the reign of King Robert of Scotland (1306 -1329). Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.

Dansk. Dansk Etymologisk Ordbog: Ordenes Historie
(Gyldendals Rode Ordboger; Danish Edition)

Niels Age Nielsen
Dansk Etymologisk.Dansk Etymologisk Ordbog: Ordenes Historie (Gyldendals Rode Ordboger)
1982 hardcover published by Gyldendal. 3. reviderede udgave med et tillaeg. Text in Danish.

 
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