Nicholas

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Nicholas
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Greek
Meaning Victory of the people
Other names
Nickname(s) Nick, Nicky, Nic, Nik, Nickey, Nico
Derived Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of Greek words "Victory" (νίκη; nikē) and "People" (λαός; laos)

Nicholas or Nikolas or Nicolas or Nickolas is a male given name, derived from the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of the words "victory" and "people". The name can be understood to mean victory of the people. 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", first came into use in the 12th century and has been firmly established since the Reformation, though "Nicolas" is occasionally used. In 2006, Nicholas – and its variations – was the 17th most popular male name given to babies in the United States. 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 males in the United States 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 Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Churches celebrate 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[edit]

Variations for males include:[2][3]

  • Albanian: Nikollë, Nikolla, Nikollai, Nikë, Niklaus, Klaus, Koll, Kolë
  • Aragonese: Nicolau
  • Arabic: نيكولا
  • Armenian: Նիկողայոս (Nikog(h)ayos, Nigog(h)ayos), Նիկողոս (Nikog(h)os, Nigog(h)os)
  • Basque: Nikola
  • Belarusian: Мікалай (Mikalai), Мікола (Mikola)
  • Breton: Nikolaz
  • Bulgarian: Никола (Nikola), Николай (Nikolay), Никлен (Niklen), Никулица (Nikùlitsa), Коле (Kole), Кольо (Kolyo), Колю (Kolyu)
  • Catalan: Nicolau
  • Chinese: 尼古拉斯 (Nígǔlāsī)
  • Croatian: Nikola, Nikula, Mikola, Mikac, Mika, Nikić, Niko, Mikula, Nikica
  • Czech: Mikoláš, Mikuláš, Nikola
  • Danish: Claus, Klaus, Niels, Nicolai, Nikolaj, Nilas, Nis, Nikolas, Nikolai, Nicklas, Niklas
  • Dutch: Nicolaas, Nikolaas, Klaas, Nico, Niek, Niels
  • English: Nicholas, Nikolas, Colin, Collin
  • Esperanto: Niĉjo, Niko, Nikolao
  • Estonian: Nigul, Niilo
  • Fijian: Niko
  • Finnish: Launo, Niilo, Niklas, Niko, Nikolai
  • French: Nicolas, Nico, Colas, Colin
  • Galician: Nicolao
  • Georgian: ნიკოლოზ (Nikoloz), ნიკა (Nika), ნიკო (Niko), კოლაუ (Kolau)
  • German: Claus, Claas, Klaas, Klaus, Klas, Nickolaus, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Niklaus, Nickolas, Nikolaus, Nikolo, Niklas, Nico, Niko
  • Greek: Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), Νικόλας (Nikolas), Νίκος (Nikos), Νικολής (Nikolis)
  • Hungarian: Miklós, Nikola, Nyikoláj
  • Icelandic: Nikulás
  • Irish: Nioclás
  • Italian: Nicola, Nicolò, Niccolò, Nico, Nicolas
  • Japanese: ニコラス (Nikorasu)
  • Korean: 니콜라스 (Nikollaseu)
  • Latin: Nicolaus
  • Latvian: Niklāvs, Nikolass, Nikolajs, Niks, Klāvs
  • Lithuanian: Mikalojus, Nikolajus
  • Leonese: Nicolás, Nicu, Colás
  • Low German: Nikolaas, Nicolaas, Klaas, Klaus
  • Macedonian: Никола (Nikola), Коле (Kole), Кољо (Koljo), Николче (Nikolče), Николе (Nikole)
  • Malay: Nikk
  • Norwegian: Nils, Nikolai
  • Persian): نیکولاس (Nikolâs)
  • Polish: Mikołaj, Mik, Mikołajek
  • Portuguese: Nicolau, Nicolas
  • Romanian: Neculai, Nicolae, Nicu, Nicușor, Niculae
  • Russian: Николай (Nikolai), Коля (Kolya)
  • Scottish Gaelic: Neacel, Nichol, Nicol, Caelan, Calen
  • Syriac: ܫܢܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ (Zakhya, Zakhia, زخيا)
  • Serbian: Никола (Nikola), Николај (Nikolaj), Никодије (Nikodije), Никодим (Nikodim),Никодин (Nikodin), Кода (Koda), Коле (Kole), Никша (Nikša),Николица (Nikolica), Никшица (Nikšica), Нико (Niko), Никица (Nikica)
  • Slovak: Mikuláš, Nikola, Mikoláš
  • Slovene: Miklavž, Niko, Nikolaj
  • Spanish: Nicolás, Nicolao
  • Swedish: Nels, Niklas, Niclas, Nicklas, Nils, Klas, Claes
  • Tamil: நிக்கோலஸ் (Nikkōlas)
  • Telugu: నికోలస్ (Nikōlas)
  • Thai: นิโคลัส (Níkohlát, Nikholạs̄)
  • Tongan: Nikolasi
  • Turkish: Nikola
  • Ukrainian: Микола (Mykola), Миколай (Mykolai, Mykolay)
  • Upper Sorbian: Mikławš
  • West Frisian: Klaes
  • Yiddish: ניקאַלאַס (Nyqʼalʼas)

Female forms[edit]

Female forms include:[2]

  • Bulgarian: Николина (Nikolina), Николета (Nikoleta), Никол (Nikol), Нина (Nina)
  • 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, Nicki/Nicky/Nikki/Nicci
  • French: Colette, Coline, Nicole, Nicolette, Nicoline, Cosette
  • German: Nicole, Nikole, Nicola, Nikola
  • Greek: Νίκη (Níkē, a conflation with Níke), Νικολέτα (Nikoléta), Νικολίνα (Νikolína)
  • Hungarian: Nikolett
  • Italian: Nicoletta, Nicole, Nicolina
  • Macedonian: Nikolina
  • Norwegian: Nilsine, Nicoline
  • Polish: Nikola
  • Portuguese: Nicole
  • Romanian: Niculina, Nicoleta, Nicolina, Nico
  • Scottish: Nicola, Nicholas (Lowlands 18-19th Century)
  • Serbian: Nikolija (archaic), Nikolina, Nikoleta
  • Slovak: Nikola, Nikoleta
  • Slovene: Nika
  • Spanish: Nicolasa, Nikoletta, Nicolá
  • Turkish: Nikol

People known as Nicholas[edit]

Single Name (Rulers, Popes, Patriarch and Antipopes)[edit]

Given (First) Name[edit]

Mikołaj Kopernik, generally known as Nicolaus Copernicus, (1473-1543), Polish mathematician and astronomer

Saints[edit]

Surname[edit]

See also[edit]

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