The English surname Nicholls, also found in Scotland and Ireland is of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendent of Nichol. The personal name Nichol, a diminutive form of Nicholas, derives from the Greek name Nikolaos comprised of the elements nikan meaning “to conquer” and laos meaning “people.” The surname Nichols is first recorded in Cheshire where the family held an ancestral seat. The Nichols were granted lands by William the Conqueror following the Norman invasion. Today there are more than 5,500 people with the last name Nicholls living in The United States.
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