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Origins of the Nicholls surname

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What does the name Nicholls mean?

The origin of the Nicholls Surname is English. It's a patronymic name, given to those who were the son or part of the lineage of a person named Nicholas, Nicol or Nichol (the latter two are frequent medieval diminutive versions of the first name). A notable Nicholls family that are thought to be the forebears of many with this name are the Anglo-Norman 'FitzNicholl' or 'FitzNigell' family of Cumberland and Northumberland.

Alternative variations of the name Nicholls

Nicholls, Nichol, Nicol, Nickels, Nichols, Nicholas

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Where do most Nichollses live?

In 1921, most Nichollses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Nichollses

How common is your surname?

238th most common surname in the UK

We have 169,000 records for the Nicholls surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Nichollses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Nicholls first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Nichollses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Nichollses in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Nichollses in 1921
General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer






Farm Labourer


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