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What does Nick mean?

Nick Pronunciation of Nick [nick] as a boys' name is pronounced nik. It is of English and Greek origin, and the meaning of Nick is "people of victory". Short form of Nicholas. Mythology: the name Nicholas refers to Nike (NYK-kee), the Greek goddess of victory. Nikki and Nikko are also Japanese surnames with the potential meanings "two trees" and "daylight".

Associated with: greek, victory, mythology, surnames, trees, daylight (bright).


Nick has 10 variants: Nicco, Nickson, Nicky, Nico, Nikki, Nikko, Niko, Nikos, Nixon and Nykko.

Affiliated boy name: Dominic.

16 more different relations via Nicholas, Nikki: Nic, Nichol, Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nicol, Nicola, Nicoli, Nicoll, Nicolo, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nikky, Nilos and Nils.

Creative forms:
(male) Nack, Nine, ..

(female) Nine, Nini, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nick Eddy (N.E.), ..

How popular is Nick?

Nick is a very prominent first name for males (#308 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#9512 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nick reached its top position of #188 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #1206. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Dominic (#68 in recent rankings), Nicholas (#62), Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nicky, Nico (#464), Nicola, Niels, Nikki, Nikko (#1207), Niko (#636), Nils and Nixon (#512) are the popular variation forms of Nick (#1206 in recent rankings). Other variants, like Nic, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Nick was well-received among parents in 1995 (usage of 1.7%) and is now much diminished (usage 0.7%, 57%). Nicholas is more widely used than the rest, though Dominic has become trendy as well over time, while forms like Nick are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nick, Dominic, Nicholas, Nickey, Nickie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicklas, Nicky, Nico, Nicola, Niels in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nikki, Nikko, Niko, Nils, Nixon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dominic, Nicholas, Nils outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nick is pronounced similarly to Noak. Other recommended names are Alick, Arick, Beck, Brick, Buck, Chick, Dack, Dick, Dirck, Erick, Frick, Heck, Jack, Jock, Lock, Luck, Mack, Mick, Nial, Niaz, Nicos, Niel, Nile, Rick, Rock, Tuck, Ulick, Vick, Wick, Wyck and Zack. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nick.

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