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Nice Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from the Middle English adjective nis modern nice. This word has undergone a remarkable series of changes in meaning. The Middle English word meant ‘silly ignorant’ (from Latin nescius ‘not knowing’) later ‘slothful wanton fussy self-indulgent’ and a range of other negative meanings (French niais). In the 14th century the English word also acquired the sense ‘wanton’ and in the 15th century ‘coy shy’ both of which meanings may be reflected in the surname. The sense ‘fastidious precise paying minute attention to detail’ developed only in the 16th century probably too late to have affected the surname. The present-day sense as a word expressing general approval is not clearly attested until the late 19th century. Americanized form of German Neuss and also of Neiss or Neis . Compare Nyce . French: nickname from Old French nice ‘foolish simple’ (from Latin nescius ‘not knowing’). Compare 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dice, Bice, Nyce, Tice, Noe, Nine, Nick, Rice, Ice, Vice

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You can see how Nice families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nice family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nice families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 41 Nice families living in New Brunswick. This was about 47% of all the recorded Nice's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Nice families in 1911.
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What did your Nice ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Nice. 30% of Nice men worked as a Labourer and 100% of Nice women worked as an Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Hand Logger

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nice. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Nice. For the veterans among your Nice ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nice lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Nice life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nice in 1949 was 45, and 66 in 2004.

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