What does Nicholas mean?
Nicholas \n(i)-cho-las\ 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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Nicholas for boys. Nicholas reached its top rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #57. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Cole (#116 a year ago), 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 a year ago). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity in the year 1999 (usage of 0.3859%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.3666%, down 5%), but with the forms Nels, Nick, Nickolas and Nicky becoming less stylish. The most fashionable birth names in this list are Cole (#116), Colin (#140), Nicolas (#196), Nikolai (#536) and Nixon (#587), and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for Colin. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Nicholas and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)