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What does Nikolai mean?

Nikolai /ni-ko-lai/ as a boys' name. Nikolai's root is Greek, and Nikolai means "people of victory". Nikolai is an alternate spelling of Nicholas (Greek) with the prefix Nik-.

Associated with: greek, victory


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

Nikolai has 23 more different relations via Nicholas: Nicholai, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus, Nicol, Nicolaas, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nicolet, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicolls, Niki, Nikita, Nikki, Nikkolas, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolas, Nikolaus, Nikolos and Nikos.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Nikoman, Nikoni, ..

(female) Nikona, Nikoni, ..

How popular is Nikolai?

Nikolai is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#41859 out of 150436, Top 28%). (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 statistics of Nikolai for boys. Nikolai entered the list in 1990 and reached its top rank of #536 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Nicholas (#57 in 2014), Nicklas, Nickolas (#717), Nickolaus, Nicola, Nicolas (#196), Nicolaus, Nikita (#1589), Nikki, Niklas, Nikolas (#563) and Nikolaus are the popular related forms of Nikolai (#536 in 2014). Other forms, like Nicolaas, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Nikolai was well-received 19 years ago (median #1267) and is now significantly less (#1358, 69%). Nicholas has generally been the top pick of parents, though Nikolai has grown trendy as well over time, while forms like Nickolas have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nikolai, Nicholas, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicola, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nikita, Nikki in U.S.

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

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

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Recommended names are Niko, Nikodim and Nolan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nikolai.