Surname statistics for Nicholas

There are approximately 17,363 people named Nicholas in the UK. That makes it the 575th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 275 are named Nicholas.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17363575N/A275
United Kingdom (1881 census)58487590.020195
Change since 1881+11515+184+0.007+80
Other Countries
United States266281205N/A99


People with the surname Nicholas are less likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Nicholas are:

  1. Conservative (2)
  2. Labour (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Nicholas
David Nicholas
Paul Nicholas
Andrew Nicholas
Michael Nicholas
Peter Nicholas
Mark Nicholas
Stephen Nicholas
Robert Nicholas
Philip Nicholas
Richard Nicholas
James Nicholas
Anthony Nicholas
Martin Nicholas
Christopher Nicholas
William Nicholas
Simon Nicholas
Alan Nicholas
Kevin Nicholas
Keith Nicholas

Top female forenames

Susan Nicholas
Sarah Nicholas
Helen Nicholas
Margaret Nicholas
Julie Nicholas
Christine Nicholas
Patricia Nicholas
Michelle Nicholas
Jennifer Nicholas
Alison Nicholas
Deborah Nicholas
Jane Nicholas
Elizabeth Nicholas
Linda Nicholas
Lisa Nicholas
Janet Nicholas
Judith Nicholas
Ann Nicholas
Maureen Nicholas
Anna Nicholas


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there 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!

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 UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.