Meaning and Name Origin
Nikolai \n(i)-ko-lai\ as a boys' name. Nikolai's root is Greek, and Nikolai means "people of victory". Nikolai is a variation of Nicholas (Greek); biblical: one of seven "qualified men" in the first-century Christian congregation. Favored as a given name for baby boys.
Nikolai▲ has 35 more different forms via Nicholas: Colas, Nichol, Nicholai, Nicholaus, Nichole, Nicholl, Nichols, Nicklas, Nickolas▼, Nickolaus, Nicol, Nicolaas, Nicolas▲, Nicolaus, Nicolet, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicollet, Nicolls, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nikita, Nikki, Nikkolas, Nikky, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolas▲, Nikolaus, Nikolos, Nikos, Nilos and Nils.
Nikolai is an unusual first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#46097 out of 88799, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Nikolai for boys. Nikolai entered the list in 2007 and reached its top rank of #536 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nikolai and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Nikolai (#536 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Nicholas (#57 in 2014), Nicholaus, Nickolas (#717), Nicola, Nicolas (#196), Niklas, Nikolas (#563) and Nils. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in 1998 and is somewhat lower today, with the form Nickolas becoming less stylish. Nicolas (#196), Nikolai (#536) and Nikolas (#563) are three of the more chic boy names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)