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Meaning and name origin

Nicholas \n(i)-cho-las\ as a boy's name is pronounced NIK-oh-lus. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Nicholas is "people of victory". Biblical: one of seven "qualified men" in the first-century Christian congregation. Saint Nicholas (fourth century) is known as the patron saint of Greece and Russia, children, scholars, sailors, and pawnbrokers, and (via his Dutch name, Sinte Klaas) the original Santa Claus. Five popes and two emperors of Russia have borne the name. Theatre director Nikos Psacharapolous; Dickens' novel "Nicholas Nickleby"; actors Nicholas Cage, Nikolas Grace, Nicol Williamson; composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.


Nicholas has 61 variant forms: Claas, Claes, Claus, Colas, Cole, Colet, Colin, Collin, Klaas, Klaes, Klaus, Nic, Nicanor, Niccolo, Nichol, Nicholai, Nicholaus, Nichole, Nicholl, Nichols, Nick, Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus, Nicky, Nicol, Nicola, Nicolaas, Nicolai, Nicolao, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nicolay, Nicolet, Nicoli, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicollet, Nicolls, Nicolo, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nikita, Nikki, Nikkolas, Nikkolay, Nikky, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolai, Nikolas, Nikolaus, Nikolay, Nikolos, Nikos, Nilos and Nils.

For more information, see also related boy names Coll, Coulson, Nels and Nixon.

There are 6 feminine forms of Nicholas: Colette, Coline, Cosette, Nicola, Nicole and Nike.


Nicholas is a very popular first name for males (#64 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1384 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nicholas for boys. Nicholas reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1999. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nicholas name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nicholas outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nicholas and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nicholas (#57), Cole (#116), Colin (#140), Nicolas (#196), Collin (#223), Nikolai (#536), Nikolas (#563), Nixon (#587), Nickolas (#717), Nils, Nels, Nicholaus, Nick, Nicky, Niklas and Nicola. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Collin, Nels, Nicholas, Nicholaus, Nick, Nickolas, Nicky, Nicola in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nicolas, Nikolai, Nikolas, Nils, Nixon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Nicholas, Nick, Nickolas outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nicolas, Niklas, Nikolai, Nikolas, Nils outside U.S.