08 January 2007

Niles Coat of Arms

My husband's surname is Niles, taken from his adoptive stepfather. Some history on the family:
Origin: Scottish
Coat of Arms: Silver and gold at the top, two red hands, and in the base a dagger point downward. (Coat of arms can be viewed here.)

Motto: His regi servitium. ("With these we render service to the king.")

The meaning of Niles is descendant of Niall, or champion.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Neilson, Nielson, Nilson, Nylson and others.

First found in Ayrshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth, James, Jane, John, Joseph, Norman, Neilson all arrived in Baltimore in 1803; George Neilson settled in Virginia in 1716; Thomas Neilson arrived in Charleston in 1822.
His biological father's surname is Vannier, of French origin, whose coat of arms includes a black shield, semy de lis, and a silver lion rampant.