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Origins of the Nicholson surname

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What does the name Nicholson mean?

The origin of the Nicholson Surname is English and Scottish. It's a patronymic name, given to those who were the son or descendant of a person named Nicholas, Nicol or Nichol (the latter two being frequent medieval diminutive versions of the first name). It's mostly found in the North of England and Scottish border counties.

Alternative variations of the name Nicholson

Nicholson, Nichollson, Nicolson, Nickolson, Nichelson

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Where do most Nicholsons live?

In 1921, most Nicholsons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Nicholsons

How common is your surname?

159th most common surname in the UK

We have 212,000 records for the Nicholson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Nicholsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Nicholson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Nicholsons

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

Common Female occupations for Nicholsons in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Nicholsons in 1921
Coal Miner






General Labourer




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