The great amount of data observed in recent years coupled with modelling using evolutionary synthesis codes (BPASS, COELHO, GALAXEV, GALEV, MILES, PÉGASE, etc. . .) to compute Single Stellar Populations (SSPs) and the availability of fast and ingenious spectral synthesis codes such as starlight, ULySS and VESPA, have significantly shed light on our knowledge about the formation and evolution of galaxies. However, there are still open issues concerning the stellar populations in nearby galaxies, particularly those harbouring Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN): can stellar populations mimic nuclear activity, leading to a misclassification based on optical emission line ratios (Stasińska et al. 2008)? We have applied the starlight code (Cid Fernandes et al. 2005) to a well studied sample of nearby galaxies' nuclear spectra (r < ~ 200 pc), observed with the Hale 5 m telescope at Palomar Observatory in two different regions: ~ 4230-5110 Å and ~ 6210-6860 Å (Ho et al. 1995), with spectral resolutions of approximately 4 Å, and 2.5 Å. The aim is to properly derive the star-formation history (SFH), mean stellar age and metallicity and total stellar mass. Our results show that the star-formation history of Seyfert galaxies are very heterogeneous, i.e. these are composed of young, intermediate and old stellar populations, while the SFH of Low-Ionization Nuclear Emission-Line Regions (LINERs) are basically composed of old stellar populations. The absence of young stars in LINERs indicates that these are not responsible for the observed low-ionization emission lines. Furthermore, although a significant fraction of AGN spectra require a featureless continuum in their Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) modelling, this is not an indicative of the presence of an AGN, instead the continuum may simulate the presence of young stellar populations. The main objective of this research is to complement the study of spectroscopic parameters from 486 galaxies analyzed by Ho et al. (1995) that are public available in the VizieR catalog (Ho et al. 1997, 2009) and provide information about their stellar population content by means of the starlight. The base of Simple Stellar Populations used here was taken from Bruzual & Charlot (2003) and spans 25 ages (from 1 Myr to 18 Gyr) and 6 metallicities (Z = 0.005, 0.02, 0.2, 0.4, 1 & 2.5 Z⊙).