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What does Nicolai mean?

Nicolai Pronunciation of Nicolai [nico-lai] as a name for boys has its root in Greek, and the meaning of Nicolai is "people of victory". Nicolai is a variant form of Nicholas (Greek).

Associated with: greek, victory.


Nicolai has 9 variants: Niccolo, Nicola, Nicolao, Nicolay, Nicoli, Nicolo, Nikkolay, Nikolai and Nikolay.

23 more different relations via Nicholas: Nichol, Nicholai, Nicholaus, Nichole, Nicholl, Nichols, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus, Nicol, Nicolaas, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nicolet, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicollet, Nicolls, Nikkolas, Niklas, Nikolas, Nikolaus and Nikolos.

Creative forms:
(male) Dircolai, Nicona, ..

(female) Nicoki, Nicoly, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nicolai Steven (N.S.), ..

How popular is Nicolai?

Nicolai is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#13628 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nicolai entered the list in 2015 and reached its top rank of #1890 in the U.S. then. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Nicolai (#1890 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Nicholas (#62 a year ago), Nicolas (#202), Nikolai (#478), Nikolas (#566), Nickolas (#727), Nikolaus, Nicolaus, Niklas, Nicola, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nicklas and Nickolaus. These forms of Nicolai were popular as baby names in 1995 (usage of 1.7%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.5%, 70.6%), with forms like Nickolas becoming somewhat outmoded. Nicholas is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Nikolai has grown popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicolai, Nicholas, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nicklas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nickolas, Nickolaus, Nicola, Nicolas, Nicolaus in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Nico, Nicos and Nolan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nicolai.

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