Nicholl, Nicholson

Padraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh

Nicholl, Nicholson—These two names in Ulster and Scotland are the anglicised forms of McNicholl (Mac Neacail). The McNichols ruled in the North-West of Scotland and became a broken clan at an early period, some of the name passing over to the North-West of Ireland, and those passing South assuming the name of Nicholson; and those of the name in Cumberland and Westmoreland are undoubtedly of Scottish origin. The two names Nicholl and Nicholson are found synonymously in parts of North-East Ulster.

Alphabetical Index of Anglicised Surnames in Ireland

See also Woulfe’s Irish Names and Surnames
and O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees