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Nice Name Meaning

English (Essex) and French: nickname from Middle English, Old French nice ‘foolish’, ‘simple’ (Latin nescius ‘ignorant’). In the 14th century the English word also acquired the sense ‘wanton’ and in the 15th century ‘coy’, ‘shy’, both of which meanings may be reflected in the surname. The sense ‘fastidious’, ‘precise’, ‘minute’ developed only in the 16th century, probably too late to have given rise to any surnames, and the present-day sense of general approbation is not clearly attested until the late 19th century. Americanized spelling of German Neis.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dice, Bice, Nyce, Tice, Noe, Nine, Nick, Rice, Ice, Vice

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Nice Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nice name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nice. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Nice Family Origin

Where is the Nice family from?

Nice Family Occupations

What did your Nice ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Gardener and Laundress were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nice. The most common Nice occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 14% of Nice's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Nice family was Blacksmith.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Gardener

  • Laundress

  • Blacksmith


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Nice Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Nice. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nice census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nice. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Nice. For the veterans among your Nice ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nice Life Expectancy

What is the average Nice lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Nice life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nice in 1949 was 45, and 66 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nice ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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