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Nicolas Name Meaning

Spanish (Nicolás) French Walloon Breton and West Indian (mainly Haiti): from the personal name Nicolás (Spanish) Nicolas (French Breton) from Greek Nikolaos (see Nicholas ). In France this surname is most common in Brittany. English (southern England and Glamorgan): variant of Nicholas . Greek: from a variant of the personal name Nikola(o)s (see Nicholas ) or in most cases an (American) shortened form of any of various Greek derivatives of this personal name e.g. Nikolaidis or Nikolaides which are also spelled Nicolaidis and Nicolaides . See also Nikolas compare Nicola . Americanized form of Croatian and Serbian Nikolaš (see Nikolas ) or of any of various Serbian Macedonian or Bulgarian patronymics from the personal name Nikola ‘Nicholas’; see Nickolas compare Nicola .

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


Similar surnames: Nicholas, Nikolas, Nicola, Nicolai, Nicolau, Nickolas, Nicols, Nicoli

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Where is the Nicolas family from?

You can see how Nicolas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nicolas family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nicolas families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Nicolas families living in Louisiana. This was about 41% of all the recorded Nicolas's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Nicolas families in 1840.
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What did your Nicolas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nicolas. 27% of Nicolas men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Nicolas women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nicolas were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Operator
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Nicolas. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Nicolas. For the veterans among your Nicolas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nicolas lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Nicolas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Nicolas in 1954 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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