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NIXON SURNAME

Definition: Patronymic surname meaning son of Nicholas. From the Greek name Nikolaos, meaning victory of the people from the Greek element 'nike,' meaning victory and 'laos,' meaning people.

Surname Origin: English

Alternate Surname Spellings: NICKOLSON, NICKSON, NIX, NYX, NYXON


NIXON SURNAME HISTORY

by Mary Sullivan

Nixon

An English surname introduced into Co. Fermanagh during the Plantation of Ulster (1609). A branch of the family later settled in Co. Wicklow and Wexford, Ireland.


Apart from County Wicklow, Nixon is common only in Ulster, particularly in Cavan and Fermanagh. The Nixons were one of the riding clans of horsemen on the Scottish borders. They were part of the powerful Armstrong-Elliott-Nixon-Crozier confederacy. When the power and the social system of the riding clans were destroyed by James VI in the decade after 1603, many members of the clans sought refuge from persecution in Ulster, Ireland. Most came to County Fermanagh and by the mid-seventeenth century, Nixon was one of the principal names in that county. From there they spread into County Cavan and County Monaghan. The Nixon family name was also found in County Wexford, Ireland, c. 1777 [A James Nixon was born in that county on May 16, 1690, and settled in New Ross, County Wexford. An immigrant from this line of Nixons was a Col. John Nixon who read aloud to the public the Declaration of Independence in July 1776 in Philadelphia. He was from one of the few Catholic lines of Nixons.] 

 

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These Nixon Coat-of-Arms were found in a publication by Rev. H. B. Swanzy in the Dublin Public Library.
This armigerous Nixon family of County Fermanagh started with an Adam Nixon b. c. 1600 - d. 10 Nov. 1669 - Buried on 18 Nov. 1669 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (from Granshagh, Grangemore, Fermanagh, Ireland) who was married to Isabell Hassard. The Fingerprint Y-DNA Markers of his C Nixon line has been determined from a known descendant who lives in South Africa; but we need a male Nixon cousin of his to confirm that there were no lab errors.


The Nixon's in Enniskillen in county Fermanagh, which was near Clones in County Monaghan (from where my immigrant ancestor, George Nixon, Yeoman, was baptized on  21 March 1731/2, the son of William and Sarah (Boels) Nixon*), included: John Nixon, b. 27 May 1553, m. 14 Jun 1570 Margaret WORTH; John Nixon, b. 1572 in County Cheshire, England, m. 1604 Anne Pownall, d. 1659; James Nixon, b. 1605 m. 1650 Sarah Edwards; James Nixon, b. 3 Apr 1652 N. Ireland m. 21 Nov 1684 Elizabeth Norragh; George Nixon, b. 27 Mar 1687 Enniskillen, Fermanagh, N. Ireland, m.(1) 5 Sep 1707 Margaret Pyn (d. 1725, d/o George & Mary Pyn) of Enniskillen, Fermanagh, N. Ireland. He m.(2) 1 Jun 1727 Mary Jenney, a Quaker, at the same place, and they had: John Nixon, b. 1755 in N. Ireland m. Sarah Carr; and Jonathon Nixon, b. 4 May 1729 in N. Ireland.

* I have not as yet found any living male descendants of George Nixon, Yeoman, a surveyor, who married Rebecca Woods, and settle in Bedford Co., PA, sometime after 1762. Together with his son George Nixon they served in the Revolutionary War from Bedford County.

 

 

The most famous of the name was Richard Milhaus Nixon who was President of the United States form 1969 to 1975; but we have yet to find the Irish Roots of his immigrant ancestor, James Nixon who bought a hundred acres of land on 3 April 1731 in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, in the colony of Delaware.1 Other Nixons came to the New World at about this time from Ireland and settled in New Jersey and in the New England colonies. There were many Nixons/Nixsons in New Jersey at the time of the 1790 Federal Census. Some may have gone south down the Old Wagon Road through the Shenandoah Valley into the Carolinas and as far as Georgia.

1. Edwin P. Hoyt, The Nixons - An American Family, p. 6


A known immigrant line of Nixons started with the John Nixon, b. 6 Feb. 1572 in County Cheshire, England, who married on 30 April 1604 Anne Pownell. Their descendants moved to Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; and from there three Nixon brothers immigrated to Virginia. One was a George Nixon, b. 23 Feb. 1730, who married Mary Combs in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on 6 March 1750, and moved to Hamilton near Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. He was a wealthy plantation owner with thousands of acres, a number of homes, sawmills, and gristmills, and many slaves, before he died there on 27 Nov. 1800 leaving ten known children. Their children married and moved west through Ohio onto the great plains. None of their known descendants have been Y-DNA tested yet to determine if they share a common Irish ancestor with the Adam Nixon line (C).


The administrator of the NIXON Y-DNA Surname Project is David Nixon of the Y Nixon Line who may have traced his Nixon Ancestry back to a Hugh Nixon born c. 1690-1710 who died in Prince Edward County, Virginia. His descendants moved to South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and perhaps Tennessee. 

 



Nixon DYS Report

 

There are about 20 tested male Nixons/Nickson/Mixon that FTDNA has placed into the following subgroups in DYS numerical order and by Haplogroup.

 

 

 

 

 NIXON

DYS#

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kit

Name

*

Oldest Known Ancestor

3

3

1

3

3

3

4

3

4

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

G

Y

Y

4

6

5

5

C

C

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

H

 

9

9

9

9

8

8

2

8

3

8

9

8

5

5

5

5

5

4

3

4

4

6

6

6

6

6

A

C

C

5

0

7

7

D

D

4

3

 

 

 

 

 

a

 

3

0

 

1

5

5

6

8

9

9

2

9

8

9

9

5

4

7

7

8

9

4

4

4

4

0

T

A

A

6

7

6

0

Y

Y

2

8

 

 

 

 

 

p

 

 

 

 

 

a

b

 

 

 

|

 

|

 

a

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

a

b

c

d

 

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

I

 

 

 

 

a

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

I

I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

103203

R. Nixon 

E1b1a

 

14

21

15

10

15

17

11

12

13

12

11

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33928

R. E. Nixon 

E1b1b1

 

13

22

13

9

12

15

11

12

12

13

11

30

15

9

9

11

11

24

14

22

37

14

16

16

16

10

10

19

22

15

13

17

21

34

37

9

10

 

 

 

48708

P. I. Nixon 

E1b1b1

Zachariah Nixon

13

22

13

9

12

15

11

12

12

13

11

30

15

9

9

11

11

25

14

22

38

14

14

16

18

10

10

19

22

15

13

17

21

34

37

10

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

111764

V. J. P. Nixon 

E1b1b1

Adam Nixon, Fermanagh c.1609

13

23

13

10

16

17

11

12

12

13

11

31

17

9

9

11

11

26

14

21

31

14

15

16

18

10

11

19

22

15

13

18

17

34

35

12

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11282

R. F. Nixon 

R1b1

Francis Nixon b1766

13

23

14

11

11

14

12

12

12

15

11

31

16

9

10

10

11

25

14

20

29

15

15

17

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

105061

J. R. Nixon 

R1b1

 

13

23

15

12

11

14

12

12

11

14

13

29

16

9

9

11

11

25

15

19

29

15

15

17

17

12

11

19

23

17

15

17

18

37

38

12

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17602

H. L. Nixon 

I1

Wiley Nixon b 1817

13

24

14

10

13

15

11

14

11

12

11

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N3003

J. Nixon 

I1

Adam Nixon Ireland

13

24

14

10

13

15

11

14

11

12

11

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11278

C. H. Nixon 

I1

Thomas b.1768

13

24

14

10

14

15

11

14

11

12

11

29

15

8

9

8

11

23

17

20

28

12

14

14

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31682

J. C. Nixon 

E1b1b1

Henry Nixon b.c. 1749

13

24

13

10

15

16

11

12

12

13

11

31

16

9

9

11

11

26

15

20

32

14

16

17

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41796

D. R. Nixon 

E1b1b1

 

13

24

13

10

15

16

11

12

12

13

11

31

16

9

9

11

11

26

15

20

33

14

16

16

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22985

R. K.Mixon 

R1b1

 

13

24

14

11

10

14

12

12

12

12

13

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31487

R. C. Nixon 

R1b1

Absalom b1796

13

24

14

11

12

14

12

12

13

14

13

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

96129

T. W. Nixon 

R1b1

 

13

24

14

11

11

15

12

12

12

13

12

29

18

9

10

11

11

25

14

17

29

14

15

16

17

11

10

19

23

15

14

15

17

36

37

11

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32138

A. C. Nixon 

R1b

William Abraham Nixon, b. 1816, Dublin, Ire

13

24

14

11

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

9

11

11

25

15

19

29

15

15

15

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

69987

T. R. Nickson 

R1b

 

13

24

14

11

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

9

11

11

25

15

19

29

15

15

17

17

11

11

20

23

16

16

18

17

39

41

12

12

 

 

 

16779

J. T. Nixon 

R1b

North Carolina, 1700s

13

24

14

11

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

10

11

11

25

15

19

30

14

15

16

17

11

11

19

23

16

15

18

17

37

39

12

12

 

 

 

31681

R. Nixon 

R1b1

Absalom b.1763

13

25

14

10

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

10

11

11

25

15

19

29

14

15

16

17

11

11

19

23

15

14

18

17

36

40

11

12

 

 

 

34011

W. A. Nixon 

R1b1

Abner Nixon b.1821

13

25

14

10

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

10

11

11

25

15

19

29

14

15

16

17

11

11

19

23

15

14

18

17

37

40

11

12

 

 

 

16637

D. E. Nixon 

R1b1

Abner Nixon, b.1777, VA

13

25

14

10

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

17

9

10

11

11

25

15

19

29

14

15

16

17

11

12

19

23

15

14

18

17

37

40

11

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**A value "0" for any marker indicates that the lab reported a null value or no result for this marker. All cases of this nature are retested multiple times by the lab to confirm their accuracy.

 

 

Mutations causing null values are infrequent, but are passed on to offspring just like other mutations, so related male lineages such as a father and son would likely share any null values.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is obvious from our observation of 10's of 1000's of samples that some markers change or mutate at a faster rate than others. Therefore not all markers should be treated the same for evaluation purposes. The markers in red have shown a faster mutation rate then the average, and therefore these markers are very helpful at splitting lineages into sub sets, or branches, within your family tree. Explained another way, if you match exactly on all of the markers except for one or a few of the markers we have determined mutate more quickly, then despite the mutation this mismatch only slightly decreases the probability of two people in your surname group who match 11/12 or even 23/25 of not sharing a recent common ancestor.

 

* Haplogroups in green have been confirmed by SNP testing. Haplogroups in red have been predicted by Family Tree DNA based on unambiguous results in the individual's personal page. This has been placed on this GAP page for your ease and convenience. Please note that for any predicted results we see no reason for ordering a SNP test to confirm the Haplogroup. if a - is in the HAPLO field then we feel that the comparative results are not clear and unambiguous and if the kit holder wants to know their SNP with 100% confidence they may consider ordering a SNP confirmation test.

 

Obviously I Group I is NOT closely related to the other Nixon Subgroups with Haplogroups E1b1 and R1b. Those in I Group are unique and do NOT share a common male Nixon ancestor with the others in the other subgroups within about 10,000 years.
 

Contacts and References

 

DNA & Genealogy: Collen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser, DNA and Genealogy (Fountain Valley, Calif.: Rice Brook Press, 2005)

 

Nixon Families:

Rev. Henry Biddall Swanzy, M.A., The Families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh and Their Descendants (Dublin: Alex Thomas & Co., LTD., 1908)

Edwin P. Hoyt, The Nixons - An American Family (New York: Random House, 1972) [Pres. Richard M. Nixon’s ancestors and relatives]

C Nixon: Nixon, Vince

Y Nixon: David Nixon

 

George W. Page

June 29th, 2008



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