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Gender: M Meaning of Nicholas: "people of victory" Origin of Nicholas: Greek Nicholas's Popularity in 2013: #54

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Nicholas, though it has lost some ground (it was in the Top 10 from 1993 to 2002), is still a popular classic that would make an attractive, solid choice. A Greek name stemming from Nike, the goddess of victory, it is a New Testament name also well used in literature, as in Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby.

And then there's St. Nicholas who, in addition to bringing bags of toys once a year, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren, mechanics, sailors, scholars, brides, bakers, travelers, and Russia, where the name was a star of the czarist dynasty.

Along with this historical depth, Nicholas, and nicknames Nick and Nicky, project an aura of masculine panache, and has long been a favorite of writers for rich boy, Romeos, thugs and detective characters.

Offshoots Cole and Colin have long had lives of their own.

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Famous People Named Nicholas

Nicholas Sparks, American novelist
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Nicholas Hoult, English actor
Nicholas "Nick" Jonas, American singer
Nicholas "Nick" Grimshaw, English DJ
Nicholas "Nick" Valensi, American guitarist of The Strokes
Nicholas Komor, fashion designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Nicholas "Nick" Cannon, American TV host
Nicholas Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter's Son
Nicholas Edward Gonzalez, American actor
Nicholas Brendan (Schultz) American actor; twin to Kelly Donovan
Nicholas James "Nick" Adenhart, American MLB baseball player
Nicholas McDonald, Scottish singer & runner-up on X Factor UK
Nicholas DeRobbio (1997), son of Sheree J. Wilson & Paul DeRobbio
Nic(h)olas Cage, cheesy American actor
Nicholas Benedict, Character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series
Nicholas Savalas, brother of actress Nicolette Sheridan, son of actor Telly Savalas
Nicholas Aaron "Nick" Young, American basketballer

Pop Culture References for the Name Nicholas

Nicholas Nickleby, Dickens character
Old St. Nicholas, another name for Santa Claus
Nick Carraway, character F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby
Nicholas Benedict, character in "Mysterious Benedict Society" series
Nicholas Banks, Will's baby cousin on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Nicholas "Nick" Charles, Detective in Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man" portrayed by William Powell in the 1934 film of the same name and it's five sequels

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