When William Nichols was born in 1845, in Harrold, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Goodwin Nichols, was 23 and his mother, Ann Allen, was 20. He married Annie Wilkins on 29 September 1868, in Hardwick, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Wilby, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom for about 40 years.
English: variant of Nichol , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages, e.g. Croatian and Serbian Nikolić (see Nikolic ); see also below.
Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.