Nicholas: Wikis


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Gender Male
Meaning Victory of the people
Origin Greek
Related names see below
Derived Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of Greek words "Victory" (nikē) and "People" (laos)
Popularity Popular names page

The male given name, Nicholas, is derived from the Greek Νικόλαος, Nikólaos, a combination of the words for "victory" (níkē) and "people" (laós). The name can be understood to mean victory of the people or "power of the people". In addition, "laos" or "λαὸς" in Greek, originates from the word root "-las", as found in the word "λα-τομεῑο" meaning "stone" or "rock". (In Greek Mythology, Deucalion and Pyrrha recreated the people after they had vanished in a catastrophic deluge, by throwing stones behind their shoulders while they kept marching on). The name became popular through Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Lycia, the inspiration for Santa Claus. The customary English version of spelling "Nicholas", using an "h", is derived from one way of transliterating the diacritic on the 'o' of the original Greek word Νικόλαος. The name is believed to have first come into use in the 12th century and to have been firmly established by the time of the Reformation. Nonetheless, the spelling "Nicolas" without "h" (as well as Nikolas) is occasionally found in English speaking countries. In 2006, Nicholas – and its variations – was the 17th most popular male name given to babies in the USA. Roughly 0.7151% of the baby boys born that year, or 15,414, were given that name. It is decreasing in popularity, from a high in 1997, when 27,248 US males were given the name Nicholas. That year was the most popular year for Nicholas since 1880, when U.S. records were kept for given names. [1]

The Greek Orthodox Church - as well as the Roman Catholic Church - celebrates Saint Nicholas every year on December 6, which is the name day for "Nicholas". In Greece, the name and its derivatives are especially popular in maritime regions, as St. Nicholas is considered the protector saint of seafarers.


Male variations

Variations for males include [2]:

  • Albanian: Nikolla, Nikollë, Koll, Kol
  • Basque: Nikola
  • Belarusian: Mikalai (Мікалай), Nikolai (Николай), Kolya (Коля), Mikola (Мікола)
  • Bulgarian: Никола (Nikola), Николай (Nikolay), Никлен (Niklen), Никулица (Nikùlitza), Коле, Кольо, Колю (Kole, Kolyo, Kolyu)
  • Catalan: Nicolau
  • Croatian: Nikola, Niko, Nikša, Nikica
  • Czech: Mikoláš, Mikuláš, Nikola
  • Danish: Claus, Klaus, Niels, Nicolai, Nicklaus, Nikolaus, Nikolaj, Nilaus, Nis
  • Dutch: Nicolaas, Nikolaas, Klaas, Nico, Niek, Niels
  • English: Nic, Nick, Nickolas, Nicky, Nik, Nicolas, Nikolas, Nicholas, Nikholas
  • Esperanto: Niĉjo, Nikolao
  • Estonian: Nigul
  • Fijian: Niko
  • Finnish: Launo, Niilo, Niklas, Niko
  • French: Nicolas, Nico, Colas, Colin
  • Frisian (West): Klaes
  • Galician: Nicolau
  • Georgian: Nikoloz
  • German: Claus, Claas, Klaas, Klaus, Klas, Nickolaus, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Niklaus, Nikolaus, Nikolo, Niklas, Nico, Niko
  • Greek: Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), Νικόλας (Nikolas), Νίκος (Nikos), Νικολής (Nikolis)
  • Hungarian: Miklós, Nikola
  • Irish: Nioclás
  • Italian: Niccolò, Nico, Nicola, Nicolò, Nicolai
  • Japanese: Nikku, Nikkii, Nikorasu
  • Latvian: Nikolajs, Niks
  • Latin: Nicolaus
  • Lithuanian: Mikalojus
  • Leonese: Nicolás, Nicu, Colás
  • Low Saxon: Nikolaas, Nicolaas, Klaas, (German >) Klaus
  • Macedonian: Nikola, Kole, Nikolče (Pronounced Nik-col-che)
  • Norwegian: Niels
  • Polish: Mikołaj, Mik, Mikolajek
  • Portuguese: Nicolau
  • Romanian: Neculai, Nicolae, Nicu, Nicușor, Niculae
  • Russian: Николай (Nikolai), Коля (Kolya)
  • Scottish: Neacel, Nichol, Nicol
  • Serbian: Никола (Nikola)
  • Slovak: Mikuláš, Nikola, Mikoláš
  • Slovene: Miklavž, Niko, Nikolaj
  • Spanish: Nicolao, Nicolás
  • Swedish: Nels, Niklas, Niclas, Nicklas, Nils, Klas, Claes
  • Ukrainian: Микола (Mykola), Миколай (Mykolai)

Female forms

Female forms include [2]:

  • Bulgarian: Николина (Nikolina), Николета (Nikoleta)
  • Croatian: Nikolina, Nika, Nina
  • Czech: Nikol, Nikoleta, Nikola, Nicol
  • Dutch: Klasina, Klazina, Nicole, Nicolien, Nicolet, Nicoline
  • Danish: Nikoline
  • English: Nicole/Nichole/Nicolle/Nikole/Nikkole, Nicola/Nichola, Nicolette, Colette, Nicky/Nikki/Nicci
  • French: Colette, Coline, Nicole, Nicolette, Nicoline
  • German: Nicole, Nikole, Nicola, Nikola
  • Greek: Νίκη (Níkē, a conflation with Níke), Νικολέτα (Nikoléta), Νικολίνα (Νikolína)
  • Hungarian: Nikolett
  • Italian: Nicoletta, Nicla, Nicole, Nicolina, Nikoletta
  • Romanian: Niculina, Nicoleta, Nicolina, Nico
  • Scottish: Nicola
  • Serbian: Nikolija (archaic), Nikolina, Nikoleta
  • Slavomacedonian: Nikolina
  • Slovak: Nikola
  • Slovene: Nika
  • Spanish: Nicolasa, Nikoletta, Nicolá


People known as Nicholas



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Alternative spellings


From Ancient Greek Νικόλαος (Nikolaos) from νικάω (nikaō), I conquer) + λαός (laos), people)

Proper noun



Nicholas (plural Nicholases)

  1. A male given name. Best known for a legendary St. Nicholas, associated with Father Christmas.
  2. A patronymic surname.

Related terms


  • 1593, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 1: Act II, Scene I:
    Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas' clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
  • 1872 George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 53:
    I must call you Nick - we always did call you young Nick when we knew you meant to marry the old widow. Some said you had a handsome family likeness to old Nick, but that was your mother's fault, calling you Nicholas. Aren't you glad to see me again?


Simple English

Nicholas is a male first name. The name is derived from the Greek name “Nikólaos” and is developed out nikáo “triumphs” and laós “people”. After the Greek word use the name can mean both “winner of the people” and “winner over the people”.


People named Nicholas

Saints with the name


Popes and Antipopes

  • Pope Nicholas I
  • Pope Nicholas II
  • Pope Nicholas III
  • Pope Nicholas IV
  • Pope Nicholas V
  • Antipope Nicholas V


  • Patriarch Nicholas I of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Nicholas II of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Nicholas III of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Nicholas IV of Constantinople

Other people

  • Nicholas of Cusa
  • Nikolaus Groß

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