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What does Nicholas mean?

Nicholas [nich-olas] 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.

Associated with: greek, victory, biblical, saint, emperors (king), novel (literary), grace.


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.

Related boy names: Coll, Coulson, Nels and Nixon.

Nicholas has 6 feminine forms: Colette, Coline, Cosette, Nicola, Nicole and Nike.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Nasholas, Piolas, ..

(female) Nichla, Nichna, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicholas name in U.S.

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

Claus, Cole (#116 via latest list), Colin (#140), Collin (#223), Klaus, Nels, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nick (#1182), Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas (#717), Nickolaus, Nicky, Nicola, Nicolas (#196), Nicolaus, Niels, Nikita (#1589), Nikki, Niklas, Nikolai (#536), Nikolas (#563), Nikolaus, 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 2 decades ago (median #1379) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1425, 55% 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicholas, Claus, Cole, Colin, Collin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Klaus, Nels, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicky, Nicola, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Niels in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nikita, Nikki, Niklas, Nikolai, Nikolas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nikolaus, Nils, Nixon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nicholas, Cole, Colin, Nicolas, Niklas, Nils outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended 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.