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Name Variations and Septs

About Clans

The word Clann in Gaelic means "family" and there are hundreds of such groups who organized under the authority of a leader known as a Chief. Those eligible to join the a Clan by reason of family connection, or those who simply wish to be friends of the Clan may do so by recognizing the Chief of that Clan, and strictly speaking, being recognized by that Chief as a clan member.


Septs

In the context of Scottish clans, Septs (pronounced as ‘set’) are families that followed another family's chief.  These smaller septs would then comprise, and be part of, the chief's larger clan. A Sept might follow another chief if two families were linked through marriage; or, if a family lived on the land of a powerful laird, they would follow him whether they were related or not. Bonds of manrent were sometimes used to bind lesser chiefs and his followers to more powerful chiefs.

Clan MacNeacail has one Sept, Nimmo.  Some basic information regarding the Nimmo Family can be found at My Nimmo Genealogy 


Name Variations

The Original Gaelic form of the name MacNeacail has over 80 variations in spelling.  This is due to Anglicising the name after the Jacobite Rebellions, as well as many emigrants from Scotland changing their names on arrival in their new country, as did many people who migrated to the Scottish lowlands in search of work.  Shortening or dropping the prefix "Mc" or "Mac", or Anglicising a Gaelic surname, or indeed changing the surname altogether for a similar sounding English one, which would be easier to pronounce and would conceal one’s origins, was common occurrence.

MacNeacail(l)

Necolson

Nickole(s)

MacNecail(l)

Nicail(l)

Nickol(s)

MacNicael(l)

Niccol(s)

Nickoll(s)

MacNichel(l)

Niccoll(s)

Nickolson

MacNichol(s)

Nichael

Nickson

MacNicholas

Nichel(s)

Niclasson

MacNicholl(s)

Nichoal

Nicol(s)

MacNickel(s)

Nicholai

Nicolaisen

MacNickell(s)

Nichol(s)

Nicoll(s)

MacNickle(s)

Nicholas(s)

Nicollsoun

MacNickol(s)

Nicholaisen

Nicolson

MacNickoll(s)

Nicholassen

Niklesson

MacNicle

Nicholay

Niochol(l)

MacNicol(s)

Nichold(s)

Nix(on)

MacNicoll(s)

Nichole(s)

Nuccle(s)

MacNille

Nicholl(s)

Nuccol

MacReacail

Nicholson(e)

Nuckall

MacRickle

Nicholsoun

Nuckel(s)

MagNicle

Nickal(s)

Nuckelson

Maguenel

Nickall(s)

Nuckle

Makneguel

Nickel(s)

Nuckoll

MakNychol(l)

Nickell(s)

Nucolsone

MhicNeacail

Nickelson

Nychol(l)

Micole

Nickerson

Nycholay(i)

M’Nychol(l)

Nickisson

Nycholson

M’Nychole

Nicklas(s)

Nycholsoun

Neclasson

Nickle(s)

Nycol(s)

Necole(s)

Nickold(s)

Nycoll(s)