Nix Name Meaning

English, German, and Dutch: patronymic from a pet form of Nicholas (German Nikolaus). Irish (County Limerick): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Nioceais ‘son of Nicholas’, which was taken by some Limerick families named Woulfe. German (southern and Upper Rhine): from a nickname from Middle High German nickes(e), nixe ‘water sprite’.

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

Similar surnames: Mix, Hix, Dax, Niss, Enix, New, Nee, Noe, Knox, Nino

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Nix Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nix. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Nix Family Origin

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Nix Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Nix occupation in the USA was Farmer. 52% of Nix's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nix. A less common occupation for the Nix family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Nix Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Nix Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nix life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Nix in 1940 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

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