Nicole was one of the top girls' names of the eighties -- when it reached Number 4 -- and into the nineties. Nicole has now lost most of its French flair, but still remains in the Top 130. Some substitutes to consider: Nico or Nicola.
Nicole Kidman is a notable current bearer of the name, some others are Nicole Richie and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Nicole "Nicky" Nichols is a key character on Orange is the New Black.