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The NICHOLS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 141,936 174 0.053 526
United States (1880 census) 35,026 144 0.070 701
Change since 1880 +106910 -30 -0.017 -175
Other Countries
Australia 3,561 416 0.022 218
United Kingdom 9,050 661 0.020 197
Top States for NICHOLS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 11,517 190 0.055 552
California 9,985 288 0.029 295
Florida 8,059 200 0.050 504
Michigan 6,368 107 0.064 641
Ohio 6,187 161 0.054 545
Top States for NICHOLS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 4,786 108 0.108 1,076
Arkansas 2,777 88 0.104 1,039
Maine 1,272 130 0.100 998
West Virginia 1,781 98 0.098 985
Mississippi 2,702 129 0.095 950


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called NICHOLS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called NICHOLS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called NICHOLS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a NICHOLS by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of NICHOLS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the NICHOLS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the NICHOLS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of NICHOLS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 979 0.69
Asian/Pacific 582 0.41
White (Caucasian) 119,638 84.29
Black/African American 16,124 11.36
Mixed Race 2,228 1.57
White (Hispanic) 2,399 1.69

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the NICHOLS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of NICHOLS in historical publications

NICHOL. NICHOLS. See Nicholas.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to NICHOLS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as NICHOLS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for NICHOLS

The following words are slight variants of NICHOLS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.