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What does Nikolai mean?

Nikolai Pronunciation of Nikolai [niko-lai] as a boys' name has its root in Greek, and Nikolai means "people of victory". Nikolai is an alternate spelling of Nicholas (Greek).

Associated with: greek, victory.


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

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.

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

(female) Nikolan, Nikoni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nikolai Finn (N.F.), ..

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)

Nikolai entered the list in 1990 and reached its top rank of #478 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Nicholas (#62 in 2015), Nicklas, Nickolas (#727), Nickolaus, Nicola, Nicolai (#1890), Nicolas (#202), Nicolaus, Nikita (#1696), Nikki, Niklas, Nikolas (#566) and Nikolaus are the popular related forms of Nikolai (#478 in 2015). Other forms, like Nicolis, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Nikolai was well-received 20 years ago (median #1319) and is now significantly less (#1401, 70%). 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, Nicolai, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nikita in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

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

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