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Nicholas Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from the personal name (Greek Nikolaos, from nikan ‘to conquer’ + laos ‘people’). Forms with -ch- are due to hypercorrection (compare Anthony). The name in various vernacular forms was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, largely as a result of the fame of a 4th-century Lycian bishop, about whom a large number of legends grew up, and who was venerated in the Orthodox Church as well as the Catholic. In English-speaking countries, this surname is also found as an Americanized form of various Greek surnames such as Papanikolaou ‘(son of) Nicholas the priest’ and patronymics such as Nikolopoulos.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Nicolas, Nichols, Nikolas, Nichol, Nicolo, Nicola, Nicholls, Nicholes

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Where is the Nicholas family from?

You can see how Nicholas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nicholas family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nicholas families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 243 Nicholas families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Nicholas's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Nicholas families in 1911.
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What did your Nicholas ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Nicholas. 26% of Nicholas men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Nicholas women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nicholas were Journalier and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Journalier
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    27%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Income
    16%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

There are 239,000 census records available for the last name Nicholas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nicholas census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Nicholas. 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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Draft Cards

There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Nicholas. For the veterans among your Nicholas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nicholas lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Nicholas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nicholas in 1942 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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