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Nick

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49k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nick

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Nick
An evil spirit of the waters.

Etymology: AS. nicor a marine monster; akin to D. nikker a water spite, Icel. nykr, ONG. nihhus a crocodile, G. nix a water sprite; cf. Gr. ni`ptein to wash, Skr. nij. Cf. Nix

noun Nick
Senses
  1. A notch cut into somethingas:
    1. A score for keeping an account; a reckoning.
      (Obs)
    2. [Print]
      A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution.
  2. Hence:A broken or indented place in any edge or surface; as, nicks in a china plate; a nick in the table top.
  3. A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment."To cut it off in the very nick." [Howell.]"This nick of time is the critical occasion for the gaining of a point." [L'Estrange.]

Etymology: Akin to Nock

verb Nick
Senses
  1. To make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc.
  2. To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in; to create a nick{2} in, deliberately or accidentally; as, to nick the rim of a teacup."And thence proceed to nicking sashes." [Prior.]"The itch of his affection should not then Have nicked his captainship." [Shak.]
  3. To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with."Words nicking and resembling one another are applicable to different significations." [Camden.]
  4. To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time."The just season of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved." [L'Estrange.]
  5. To make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry it higher).
verb Nick
To nickname; to style.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small cut
  2. (British slang) a prison ("he's in the nick")
  3. An impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
  4. Mate successfully; of livestock
  5. Divide or reset the tail muscles of ("nick horses")
  6. Cut a nick into
  7. Cut slightly, with a razor ("The barber's knife nicked his cheek")
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Nicholas.
  2. diminutive form of Nickelodeon.

Nick was also found in the following language(s): Danish and German

Notable Persons Named Nick

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 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 Saban is a college coach. Nick was born on October 31st, 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia.

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Nick Diaz is a martial artist. Nick was born on August 2nd, 1983 in Stockton, California, U.S.

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Nick was born on April 27th, 1995 in Canberra, Australia.

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Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, musician, carpenter, and carpentry. His ongoing career started in 1997. Nick was born on June 26th, 1970 in Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nick

Morgan was born on September 12th, 1988 in Alma, Arkansas.

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Desiree was born on September 30th, 1956.

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Ashley Nick is a soccer player for the Western New York Flash, Arcadia High School (California), USC Trojans, FC Twente (women), Arna-Bjørnar, Pali Blues, Sky Blue FC, FC Zorky Krasnogorsk (women), and Houston Dash. Ashley was born on October 27th, 1987 in Monrovia, California, U.S.

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Edmund was born on September 22nd, 1891. He passed away on April 11th, 1974.

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Paige was born on April 3rd, 1974.

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How popular is the baby name Nick in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 40 0 40
1881 39 0 39
1882 35 0 35
1883 36 0 36
1884 48 0 48
1885 38 0 38
1886 47 0 47
1887 29 0 29
1888 48 0 48
1889 34 0 34
1890 45 0 45
1891 40 0 40
1892 37 0 37
1893 22 0 22
1894 38 0 38
1895 29 0 29
1896 31 0 31
1897 39 0 39
1898 37 0 37
1899 28 0 28
1900 49 0 49
1901 40 0 40
1902 37 0 37
1903 46 0 46
1904 57 0 57
1905 52 0 52
1906 67 0 67
1907 77 0 77
1908 84 0 84
1909 79 0 79
1910 124 0 124
1911 130 0 130
1912 248 0 248
1913 310 0 310
1914 425 0 425
1915 642 0 642
1916 661 5 656
1917 710 5 705
1918 761 0 761
1919 688 6 682
1920 704 5 699
1921 771 6 765
1922 791 0 791
1923 697 7 690
1924 755 8 747
1925 696 6 690
1926 649 7 642
1927 616 0 616
1928 609 5 604
1929 594 5 589
1930 630 0 630
1931 511 0 511
1932 490 0 490
1933 499 0 499
1934 465 0 465
1935 461 5 456
1936 421 0 421
1937 402 7 395
1938 400 0 400
1939 405 0 405
1940 409 0 409
1941 441 0 441
1942 519 0 519
1943 558 0 558
1944 498 0 498
1945 490 0 490
1946 564 0 564
1947 647 0 647
1948 547 0 547
1949 447 0 447
1950 424 0 424
1951 448 0 448
1952 425 0 425
1953 414 0 414
1954 431 0 431
1955 474 0 474
1956 496 0 496
1957 689 0 689
1958 847 0 847
1959 1,050 0 1,050
1960 1,099 0 1,099
1961 936 0 936
1962 897 0 897
1963 872 0 872
1964 799 0 799
1965 724 6 718
1966 685 0 685
1967 682 0 682
1968 671 5 666
1969 664 6 658
1970 671 5 666
1971 569 5 564
1972 559 5 554
1973 549 0 549
1974 509 6 503
1975 446 0 446
1976 413 5 408
1977 423 0 423
1978 405 6 399
1979 372 0 372
1980 317 0 317
1981 298 6 292
1982 267 0 267
1983 256 0 256
1984 277 0 277
1985 253 0 253
1986 294 0 294
1987 274 0 274
1988 240 0 240
1989 249 0 249
1990 229 0 229
1991 192 0 192
1992 226 0 226
1993 217 0 217
1994 197 0 197
1995 214 0 214
1996 173 0 173
1997 145 0 145
1998 179 0 179
1999 204 0 204
2000 217 0 217
2001 198 0 198
2002 200 0 200
2003 203 0 203
2004 208 0 208
2005 232 0 232
2006 250 0 250
2007 225 0 225
2008 236 0 236
2009 197 0 197
2010 175 0 175
2011 154 0 154
2012 157 0 157
2013 172 0 172
2014 157 0 157
2015 152 0 152
2016 175 0 175

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Popularity of Nick as a first name

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Popularity of Nick as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nick U.S.
  White 76.27% 64.26%
  African American 10.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 7.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nick

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

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Fun Facts about the name Nick

  • How Popular is the name Nick? Nick is the 998th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nick was the 9,100th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nick have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 49,365 babies born with the first name Nick in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nick to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nick? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 40 new born babies.
  • When was Nick first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nick is Thursday, February 8th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Nick born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nick was in 1960 with a total of 1,099 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nick!
  • Random Nick Factoid: According to the 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nick ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 71 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1913.
  • Weird things about the name Nick: Your name in reverse order is Kcin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kcin. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nick? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,590 people with the last name Nick.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nick? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Nick as their last name.

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  • 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).
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