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Nicholas

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 73 0 73
1881 56 0 56
1882 66 0 66
1883 71 0 71
1884 69 0 69
1885 66 0 66
1886 85 0 85
1887 79 0 79
1888 97 0 97
1889 68 0 68
1890 78 0 78
1891 78 0 78
1892 95 0 95
1893 89 0 89
1894 77 0 77
1895 84 0 84
1896 106 0 106
1897 87 0 87
1898 94 0 94
1899 69 0 69
1900 95 0 95
1901 88 0 88
1902 112 0 112
1903 90 0 90
1904 102 0 102
1905 112 0 112
1906 144 0 144
1907 161 0 161
1908 226 0 226
1909 204 0 204
1910 235 0 235
1911 308 0 308
1912 676 0 676
1913 796 0 796
1914 1,151 0 1,151
1915 1,427 0 1,427
1916 1,425 7 1,418
1917 1,419 6 1,413
1918 1,488 0 1,488
1919 1,328 7 1,321
1920 1,360 6 1,354
1921 1,562 6 1,556
1922 1,422 7 1,415
1923 1,471 5 1,466
1924 1,502 13 1,489
1925 1,340 7 1,333
1926 1,332 16 1,316
1927 1,284 12 1,272
1928 1,225 7 1,218
1929 1,205 13 1,192
1930 1,146 14 1,132
1931 1,109 8 1,101
1932 930 6 924
1933 895 7 888
1934 873 0 873
1935 913 0 913
1936 927 0 927
1937 935 0 935
1938 992 5 987
1939 1,031 0 1,031
1940 1,102 0 1,102
1941 1,217 6 1,211
1942 1,503 0 1,503
1943 1,439 6 1,433
1944 1,363 0 1,363
1945 1,362 6 1,356
1946 1,676 0 1,676
1947 1,937 0 1,937
1948 1,934 5 1,929
1949 2,002 5 1,997
1950 2,179 0 2,179
1951 2,387 0 2,387
1952 2,343 0 2,343
1953 2,365 5 2,360
1954 2,382 11 2,371
1955 2,190 7 2,183
1956 2,222 6 2,216
1957 2,201 7 2,194
1958 2,195 9 2,186
1959 2,201 6 2,195
1960 2,304 0 2,304
1961 2,088 8 2,080
1962 2,151 0 2,151
1963 2,148 10 2,138
1964 2,071 0 2,071
1965 2,080 7 2,073
1966 2,155 7 2,148
1967 2,305 12 2,293
1968 2,579 16 2,563
1969 2,597 8 2,589
1970 2,712 7 2,705
1971 2,642 22 2,620
1972 2,862 16 2,846 #99 boy name
1973 3,171 16 3,155 #85 boy name
1974 3,237 21 3,216 #81 boy name
1975 3,347 24 3,323 #81 boy name
1976 3,498 20 3,478 #77 boy name
1977 6,114 34 6,080 #51 boy name
1978 16,467 108 16,359 #25 boy name
1979 21,481 140 21,341 #15 boy name
1980 21,165 139 21,026 #17 boy name
1981 19,902 124 19,778 #21 boy name
1982 19,782 136 19,646 #21 boy name
1983 20,026 135 19,891 #21 boy name
1984 21,159 146 21,013 #20 boy name
1985 22,550 162 22,388 #19 boy name
1986 22,933 135 22,798 #17 boy name
1987 23,404 160 23,244 #16 boy name
1988 25,424 135 25,289 #14 boy name
1989 28,341 121 28,220 #14 boy name
1990 27,969 70 27,899 #14 boy name
1991 27,439 81 27,358 #12 boy name
1992 27,832 80 27,752 #12 boy name
1993 28,199 91 28,108 #8 boy name
1994 27,826 66 27,760 #9 boy name
1995 29,212 56 29,156 #6 boy name
1996 27,770 52 27,718 #6 boy name
1997 27,308 51 27,257 #6 boy name
1998 26,670 38 26,632 #6 boy name
1999 25,674 39 25,635 #5 boy name
2000 24,689 39 24,650 #6 boy name
2001 22,874 35 22,839 #6 boy name
2002 21,426 39 21,387 #9 boy name
2003 19,733 44 19,689 #12 boy name
2004 18,582 72 18,510 #13 boy name
2005 17,089 24 17,065 #15 boy name
2006 15,681 16 15,665 #17 boy name
2007 14,366 14 14,352 #20 boy name
2008 12,533 21 12,512 #29 boy name
2009 10,861 18 10,843 #32 boy name
2010 9,648 11 9,637 #37 boy name
2011 8,599 15 8,584 #42 boy name
2012 7,734 8 7,726 #49 boy name
2013 7,139 13 7,126 #54 boy name
2014 6,755 11 6,744 #57 boy name
2015 6,201 7 6,194 #62 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Nicholas

  • How many people with the first name Nicholas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 887,332 babies born with the first name Nicholas in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nicholas to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nicholas? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 73 new born babies.
  • When was Nicholas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nicholas is Friday, February 23rd, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Nicholas born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nicholas was in 1995 with a total of 29,156 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nicholas!
  • Random Nicholas Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nicholas ranks 8th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 414 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Nicholas: Your name in reverse order is Salohcin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cnlosiah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nicholas? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,922 people with the last name Nicholas.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nicholas? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Nicholas as their last name.

Where is the name Nicholas popular?

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Popularity of Nicholas as a first name

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Popularity of Nicholas as a last name

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Common last names for Nicholas

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Russo
  • Pappas
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Romano
  • Martin
  • Williams
  • Caruso
  • Marino
  • George
  • Bruno
  • Schneider
  • Gentile
  • Wagner

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nicholas U.S.
  White 73.29% 64.26%
  African American 17.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nicholas

People with the last name Nicholas are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Nicholas" mean? The list below shows the origins of Nicholas as well as things modernly associated with the name Nicholas such as celebrities named Nicholas.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Nicholas

The name "Nicholas" is of Greek origin, and it means "Victory of the People". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Νικόλαος (Nikólaos), from νίκη (níkē, “victory”) + λαός (laós, “people”)

  1. A male given name. Best known for a legendary St. Nicholas, associated with Father Christmas.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons With the Name Nicholas

Nicholas II of Russia

Nicholas II of Russia was a famed human. His most notable accomplishments were from 20 to 1894. Nicholas was born as the child of Alexander III of Russia and Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark) on May 18th, 1868 in Alexander Palace. He died on July 17th, 1918.

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Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Nicholas was given the name Nicholas Caradoc Hoult on December 7th, 1989 in Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas is a pop music musician. He plays Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster, and Gibson ES-335. He has been prominent since 2000. Nick was given the name Nicholas Jerry Jonas on September 16th, 1992 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Nick is also known as Nick Jonas.

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Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon is a rapper, actor, comedian, television host, radio personality, entrepreneur, and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Scott Cannon on October 8th, 1980 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave is a post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, and garage rock musician. He plays Piano, Electronic organ, Harmonica, Guitar, Percussion instrument, Saxophone, Drum kit, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1973 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Edward Cave on September 22nd, 1957 in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia.

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Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2004. Nick was given the name Nicholas J. Kroll on June 5th, 1978 in New York City.

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  • Nick Vujicic
    (evangelism)
  • Nicholas Sparks
    (novelist)
  • Nick Nolte
    (actor)
  • Nick Drake
    (musician)
  • Nick Robinson
    (american actor)
  • Nick Frost
    (actor)
  • Nicholas I
    (royalty)
  • Nick Mason
    (musician)
  • Nick Lachey
    (singer)
  • Nicholas Winton
    (humanitarian)
  • Nick Swardson
    (stand-up comedian)
  • Nick Cassavetes
    (actor)
  • Nicholas D'Agosto
    (actor)
  • Nicholas Braun
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nicholas

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was a saint. He holds the title Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonderworker, Holy Hierarch, and Bishop of Myra. Saint was born on March 15th, 0270 in Patara, Lycia. He died on December 6th, 0343.

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Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas is an actor, singer, musician, producer, director, and writer. He has been prominent since 1987. Thomas was born Thomas Ian Nicholas on July 10th, 1980 in Las Vegas Valley.

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Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas is an actor, activism, actress, and social activist. Her career lasted from 1968 to 2004. Denise was given the name Donna Denise Nicholas on July 12th, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Henry Nicholas

Henry Nicholas is a -entrepreneur, -philanthropist, -victims' rights advocate, -chairman of the henry t. nicholas, iii foundation, -chairman of nicholas education foundation, -chairman of marsy's law for all, -former co-chairman of the board, president, chief executive offic. Henry was given the name Henry Thompson Nicholas III by his parent Marcella Leach in 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

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Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas is a pop, stage, screen, pop music, and film musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to present. Paul was given the name Paul Oscar Beuselinck on December 3rd, 1945 in Peterborough, England, UK. Paul is also known as Paul Dean.

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Charlie Nicholas

Charlie Nicholas is a soccer player for the Celtic F.C., Arsenal F.C., Aberdeen F.C., Clyde F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, Scotland national football team, and Scotland national football B team. Charlie was born on December 30th, 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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What does the name Nicholas mean?

Nis for natural, the genuine side of you.

Iis for important, the search for all parts of life that are

Cis for caress, a loving touch for your loved ones.

His for handy, the helpful you.

Ois for observant, nothing gets by you!

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Ais for agreeable, the best side of you!

Sis for sincere, a model of truth.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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