Nicholl, Both an English and a Scottish surname derived from the personal name Nicholas. Such introduced by the Normans and from the Greek meaning ‘victory-people’. In some instances it is of local origin being a reference to Lincoln (called Nicol by the Normans), England. In 1890 the surname was principally found in Antrim and Derry, and the estimated number of bearers was 2,200. In the United States Nichols is the 153rd most numerous surname with an estimated 165,000 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 190th most numerous surname.