What does Nicholas mean?
Nicholas [nicholas] as a boys' 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 variants: 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.Creative forms:
(male) Nasholas, Piolas, ..
(female) Nichla, Nichna, .. Middle name pairings:
Nicholas Jenson (N.J.), ..
How popular is Nicholas?
Nicholas is a very prominent first name for males (#64 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1205 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Nicholas reached its top rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #62. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Claus, Cole (#115 via latest list), Colin (#172), Collin (#264), Klaus, Nels, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nick (#1206), Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas (#727), Nickolaus, Nicky, Nicola, Nicolai (#1890), Nicolas (#202), Nicolaus, Niels, Nikita (#1696), Nikki, Niklas, Nikolai (#478), Nikolas (#566), Nikolaus, Nils and Nixon (#512) are the prominent alternative forms of Nicholas (#62 via latest list). These forms of Nicholas were at the peak of their popularity 2 decades ago (median #1401) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1444, 58% less usage). Nicholas has historically been the top pick of parents, although Nixon appears to be getting popular too, while forms like Nicholas have become less popular.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Bialas, Nacham, Nachman, Nicco, Nico▲, Nicos, Nigellus, Nikhel, Nikhil, Niles, Nishan, Nolan▲, Pinchas, Pinhas, Rhodas, Silas▲ and Thomas▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nicholas.See names in meaning and etymology.