What does Nicholas mean?
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.more]
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)
Presented below is the birth name history of Nicholas for boys. Nicholas reached its top rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #57. (Top Birth Names, 2014)
Cole (#116 via latest list), Colin (#140), Collin (#223), Nels, Nicholaus, Nick, Nickolas (#717), Nicky, Nicola, Nicolas (#196), Niklas, Nikolai (#536), Nikolas (#563), Nils and Nixon (#587) are the prominent alternative forms of Nicholas (#57 via latest list). These forms of Nicholas were at the peak of their popularity in the year 1999 (median #614) and are almost as common today (#633, 5% less). Nicholas has historically been the top pick of parents, although Nixon appears to be getting popular too, while Nels, Nick, Nickolas and Nicky have become less popular.
Thinking of names?
Recommended similar baby 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.