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What does Nicholas mean?

Nicholas Pronunciation of Nicholas as a boys' name is pronounced NIK-oh-lus. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Nicholas is "people of victory". Biblical: one of seven "qualified men" in the first-century Christian congregation. Saint Nicholas (fourth century) is known as the patron saint of Greece and Russia, children, scholars, sailors, and pawnbrokers, and (via his Dutch name, Sinte Klaas) the original Santa Claus. Five popes and two emperors of Russia have borne the name. Theatre director Nikos Psacharapolous; Dickens' novel "Nicholas Nickleby"; actors Nicholas Cage, Nikolas Grace, Nicol Williamson; composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, victory, biblical, saint, emperors (king), novel (literary), grace


VARIANTS Claas, Claes, Claus, Colas, Cole, Colet, Colin, Collin, Klaas, Klaes, Klaus, Nic, Nicanor, Niccolo, Nichol, Nicholai, Nicholaus, Nichole, Nicholl, Nichols, Nick, Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus, Nicky, Nicol, Nicola, Nicolaas, Nicolai, Nicolao, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Nicolay, Nicolet, Nicoli, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicollet, Nicolls, Nicolo, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nikita, Nikki, Nikkolas, Nikkolay, Nikky, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolai, Nikolas, Nikolaus, Nikolay, Nikolos, Nikos, Nilos, Nils

SEE ALSO Coll, Coulson, Nels, Nixon

FEMININE FORMS Colette, Coline, Cosette, Nicola, Nicole, Nike



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How popular is Nicholas?

Nicholas is a very prominent first name for males (#64 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1205 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Nicholas reached its top rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #74. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Claus, Cole (#118 VIA LATEST LIST), Colin (#249), Collin (#362), Klaus, Nels, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nick (#1415), Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas (#841), Nickolaus, Nicky, Nicola, Nicolai, Nicolas (#192), Nicolaus, Niels, Nikita (#1884), Nikki, Niklas, Nikolai (#479), Nikolas (#553), Nikolaus, Nils and Nixon (#503) are the prominent alternative forms of Nicholas (#74). These forms of Nicholas were at the peak of their popularity 2 decades ago (MEDIAN #1401) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1471, 63% LESS USAGE). Nicholas has historically been the top pick of parents, although Nixon appears to be getting popular too, while forms like Nickolas have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicholas, Claus, Cole, Colin, Collin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Klaus, Nels, Nicholaus, Nichols, Nick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nickey, Nickie, Nicklas, Nickolas, Nickolaus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicky, Nicola, Nicolai, Nicolas, Nicolaus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Niels, Nikita, Nikki, Niklas, Nikolai in U.S.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Bialas, Nacham, Nachman, Nicco, Nico, Nicos, Nigellus, Nikhel, Nikhil, Niles, Nishan, Nolan, Pinchas, Pinhas, Rhodas, Silas and Thomas. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nicholas.

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