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Nicholas Family History

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

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378,907 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
32,939 Military Records
33,235 Immigration Records
224,400 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Nicholas Families

  • Number of Nicholas families
     255 - 508
     86 - 254
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Nicholas families
     453 - 903
     152 - 452
     1 - 151
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Nicholas families
     13 - 24
     5 - 12
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Nicholas Family Origin

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Nicholas Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Nicholas

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Nicholas Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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