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Nicely is a variant of the original surname Nissle or Nissley. Surname is believed to derive from "Dionysios" meaning "the divine one of Nysa", a reference to an early god, who was believed to be the protector of the vine. It is also said that Nysa was a mountain in the modern Afghanistan, where celebrations were held by the Greek army of Alexander 'the Great' of Macedonia. Modern surname owes its popularity to the famous Norman crusaders of the 12th century. Origins of the surname it is said to be traced to Walter Denys,in the year 1272, in County of Staffordshire.

Mayer surname Old French 'maire' meaning ' mayor'. Also middle English mire, meir,meyre meaning 'Physician'.
Jewish and German surname origin the word Meier, meaning ' steward, bailiff or farmer'.

Hayes surname of a Gaelic origin O hAodha ' descendant of Hugh' ,often anglizied as Hughes. Found in Co.Tyrone, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and in Farney, Co. Monaghan.also the O'Haodha sept anglicized to Hayes, chief of Musgraidhe Luachra, in Co. Limerick. English origin the old Englsih word haeg, meaning 'dweller by the enclosure' or heah, meaning 'High' or 'Tall'. Also the Norman family de la Haye of Co. Wexford, Ireland.

My earlier research on the surname of Haynes (1622) told me the story of Walter Haynes sailing across the water to America. Haynes was a town in Bedfordshire, England. The French spelling of Haynes is Haines. And theGerman spelling is Hanes. There seems to be some connection with the Gracious Gift of Johannes (whatever that is). A Hayne was someone who took care of hedges and trees, a forest person. Perhaps, a Haynes is a person who likes to live in the protection of his house with his family. The name Hayis said to come into existence around 942 A.D. when the Earl of Eros and his two sons said "Hay" to some Danes. This was according to King Alfred wishesto solve the Dane problem, as it caused the Danes to flee. Haynes is ofcourse a combination of Hay and Dane. Nevertheless, some people prefer notto accept this account as the origin of the name since the sound "Hay" issimilar to the sound one makes when walking through foliage. There are otherstories I would like to learn. I find the one about Eros and Psyche to beinteresting personally. Another real story is about John Haynes (c1594-1653)who emigrated from Essex, England. His father was lord of the manor ofCopford Hall near Colchester, to MA, where he was governor in 1635. He movedto CT, and was the colony's first governor (1639-53/54). Haynes has several meanings. The origin of the word is very uncertain. InEnglish, it is usually a Welsh personal name (an example is einion or anvil(bef. 900), or the words hacken and haggen meaning "to chop" (c1150)); it is also Anglo-Saxon (bef. 900; ME heyenes, OE heanes, a Thane, warrior, or forest guard).Derived from a word Einws (little anvil) but it is more popularly associated with einion. The name hadappeared for the first time in a Domesday Book as Hagenes. This form isoften associated with the Parish of Haynes in Bedfordshire. It is also considered to be patronymic from the medieval personal name Hain. - Greogory Kent Hayes

Davis surname of a Welsh origin,the original name was David, spelled Dayfdd in Welsh -- which signifies well-beloved. Possibly the shortened form of Davidson or "son of David" and the Scottish Davidson Clan known has Clan Dhai part of the Clan Chattan confederation. David Dubh of Invernahaven, was the first known bearer of the Highland line of Davidsons.

Barranco surname habitational name the term barranco meaning in Spanish is ‘ravine’, ‘gorge’ of a possible pre-Roman origin in Spain it is found most common in Castille and Tenerife, Canary islands. Surname is often associated with de Barrios, barretto, Barrett.

Nieves surname is from a Galician and Asturian-Leones origin a habitational name from any of the places named Neves in the provinces of Pontevedra, Lugo, and Coruña, Galicia and Asturias. Also possibly associated with the surnames Neave, Neeve, Neve, Neaf, le Neve, Neef, and Niave, as well as the patronymics Nevison, Neaves, Neeves and Niaves. Found in the North East of Scotland. Roots possibly in the ancient word 'nefa' denoting close relationship, in most cases likely applied to an orphan or fosterage, one who was brought up in the guardianship of a relative or family friend. The word nephew also derived from the same source.The Norman Sir Richard Le Neve was the first to use the surname Le Neve the name is derived from the French Le Neveu.

Lynch is the anglicized form of the native Gaelic names O Loingsigh,meaning 'a mariner' (O loingsigh). The Norman de Lench. The Anglo - Norman family of Lynch, of predominance in the Tribes of Galway. The were a powerful family in Galway City ,who provide over 80 mayors between 1484 and 1654.

Brown name is derived from complexion, color of hair or garments. The Norman LeBrun, meaning 'the brown' the family origins are of Poitu, France. The LeBrun were a powerful family in Galway part of the 'Tribes of Galway'. In Scotland the Gaelic mac a Bhriuthainn meaning ' son of the brown lad'. The Browns were also a sept of the Clan MacMillan. The surname Brown is also associated with the Clan Lamont of Scotland who anglicized their surname to Brown the Lamonts are said to descend from Dunshleibhe O'Neill of the Princes of Tyrone.