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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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Nicholas Family Origin

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Nicholas Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Hunter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nicholas. The most common Nicholas occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Nicholas's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Nicholas family was Gardner.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Hunter

  • Gardner


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Nicholas Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 List

There are 642 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 Card

There are 1,000 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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Nicholas Life Expectancy

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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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