Last name: Nix
This uncommon and intriguing name is of early medieval English origin, and is a patronymic form of the surname derived from a short, pet form of the male personal name Nicholas. The ultimate origin of the given name is from the ancient Greek "Nikolaos", from "nikan", to conquer, and "laos", people; this was a very popular name among Christians throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, mainly through the fame of St. Nic(h)olas, a 4th Century Lycian bishop, about whom a large number of legends grew up, and who was venerated in the Orthodox Church as well as the Catholic. The given name is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Nicolaus", while the short form appears in Yorkshire in 1316, when "John son of Nyk" is listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield. The modern surnames formed from patronymics of "Nick" include: Nix, Nicks, Nickes, Nixon, Nixson, Nickinson, Nickisson and Nickerson. The following entry appears in the Register of St. Peter's, Cornhill, London, in 1586: "Married - Benedict Nix, bacheler, and Elizabeth Cathron, a mayden". A Coat of Arms granted to a family of the name depicts a red chevron between three red leopards' faces on a gold shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Nix, which was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Robert Sherman Nix III
'Nix' can be traced to Latin for snow and Old North European languages for sneeze. The name might have reached Africa, or out of Africa, by the time of the old Viking kingdoms in Africa, then later slaves. Interesting word.
That 2 other meanings were extremely difficult to find, is indicative of the secretive nature of it's bearers. In Norse mythology, Nix (Latin vulgar) also means 'water horse', upon which Poseidon is sometimes depicted riding. The other, is Seraphim. Hence, the etymological references to "white", such as 'snow'. Upon consideration, one recalls that white can also mean "bright". As in, the way sunlight gleams into the eyes from snow, often described as blinding. Thus, the meaning of Seraphim is confirmed.
I'm a Nix and I'm pretty sure I'm German and Irish...
I am Native American Indian, English, Scottish, German, and Irish. My grandfather who is 50% Oklahoma Cherokee brings the name to us. I know other native Americans, from California on a reservation who also cary the name. Nix
Andy Nix (Nixie)
I'm British. I found the name refers to a river in Germany. It's a name given to a shape shifting water sprite. Tinkerbells tribe in Disney is the water tribe. And one if the fairy is called nyx
I am doing research on my family name
I'm a Nix of mostly Irish descent with a little Italian and Portugese.
I have discovered that the name Nix is derived from the edges of sourdough bread first baked in the fiery furnaces of Scottish breweries. The yeast in the bread was imported from east south Wales on ships (thus the water horse or seraphim description). The first born female child if not red haired was sacrificed to Poseidon and the drunken festival of the crusty bread commenced (when the unfortunate child had been "nixed").
This is some neat information