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Nickel, a Prussian Mennonite family name, was first recorded in the Danzig Mennonite church in 1669. It also appeared in Thiensdorf, Orlofferfelde, Tragheimerweide, Montau-Gruppe, and Schönsee. Heinrich Nickel and Gabriel Frantz, who was the preacher of the Waterlander (Frisian) congregation of Schönsee in the Culm Lowland in 1732-1733, had some troubles with the Catholic bishop of Culm, who threatened to expel the Mennonites from the Schönsee territory. Finally a permit to stay was obtained from the bishop upon payment of 10,000 guilders, which amount, besides several hundred guilders as tips for the officials, was procured by the Dutch Mennonite Committee of Foreign Needs at Amsterdam. The Dutch Naamlijst names the following ministers from the Nickel family: Peter Nickel, a preacher of the Waterlander congregation at Schönsee from 1740 until his death in 1759; Jacob Nickel, preacher from 1755-1765, and Geert (Gerit) Nickel, preacher from 1782-ca.1795, both in the Stuhmsche Lowland (Schweingrube). Hans Nickel served at Nieschewski near Thorn about 1750-1785, and Abraham Nikkel (1739-1823) was preacher from 1766 and elder from 1779-1823 of the Nieschewken church. Franz Nickel was a preacher at Deutsch-Kazun 1780-ca.1800.

Members of this family emigrated from Prussia and Danzig to Russia, and from there to the United States, Paraguay and Uruguay. Abraham Nickel of Jamerau played a significant role in Prussia. Gerhard Nikkel of Russia was a Mennonite missionary in Java. Well-known bearers of the name in Canada included Jacob D. Nickel (b. 1898), an elder and evangelist in Rosemary, Alberta; Johann J. Nickel, an elder from Arkadak, Russia who migrated to Herbert, Saskatchewan; and Valentine E. Nickel, the minister of the Swift Current, Saskatchewan Mennonite Church. In the United States Peter E. Nickel, the former minister of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, and P. E. Nikkel of Merced, California are listed in Who's Who Among the Mennonites. J. W. Nickel of Canada served a number of General Conference Mennonite (GCM) churches in Canada and the United States and among the Mennonites of Paraguay. Arnold Nickel of Mountain Lake, Minnesota served the Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Nebraska, and in 1957 became pastor of Eden Mennonite Church. Helen Nickel of Mountain Lake, was a missionary in India (GCM). David Nickel was an elder of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Church from 1891 to 1924. He was succeeded by his son Abraham Nickel.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 869-870. All rights reserved.

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