"people of victory"

Nicholas Origin and Meaning

The name Nicholas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "people of victory".

Nicholas is derived from the Greek Nikolaos, a name that evolved from the components nikē, meaning "victory", and laos, "people." It shares origins with Nike, the name of the Greek goddess of victory. Nicholas is also a New Testament name that is well-used in literature, such 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.

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.

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 boys, Romeos, thugs and detective characters.

Offshoots Cole and Colin have long had lives of their own. Short form Nico is hot and getting hotter.

# 109 in the US

Nicholas Rank in US Top 1000

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Nicholas Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nicholas Popularity

Famous People Named Nicholas

  • Saint Nicholas4th,century Greek Bishop of Myra
  • Nicholas IIV, popes
  • Nicholas I and IIEmperors of Russia
  • Nicholas I (born Nikola Mirkov PetrovićNjegoš), King of Montenegro
  • Nicholas of CusaGerman philosopher, theologian, jurist, and astronomer
  • Nicholas Charles SparksAmerican novelist
  • Nicholas Jerry "Nick" JonasAmerican musician
  • Nicholas William Peter "Nick" CleggDeputy British Prime Minister
  • Nicholas Rodney "Nick" DrakeEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Nicholas King "Nick" NolteAmerican actor
  • Nicholas Joseph "Nick" BraunAmerican actor
  • Nicholas Thompson "Nick" SwisherAmerican baseball player
  • Nicholas MeyerAmerican screenwriter
  • Nicholas Caradoc HoultEnglish actor
  • Nicholas PeggBritish actor, director, and writer
  • Nicholas BriggsEnglish actor, writer and director
  • Nicholas James MacDonald PatrickBritish,American astronaut
  • Nicholas Scott "Nick" LacheyAmerican singer and TV personality
  • Nicholas John "Nick" FrostEnglish actor, comedian, and screenwriter
  • (Benjamin) Nicholas "Nick" MonroeAmerican tennis player
  • Nicholas Peter Andrew "Nick" GrimshawEnglish radio DJ
  • (Christopher) Nicholas ParsonsEnglish radio and TV presenter
  • Nicholas HeathArchbishop of York and Lord Chancellor
  • Nicholas "Nick" ValensiAmerican musician
  • Nicholas John "Nick" RobinsonAmerican actor
  • Nicholas KomorAmerican fashion designer
  • Nicholas Scott "Nick" CannonAmerican actor and TV presenter
  • Nicholas Edward GonzalezAmerican actor
  • Nicholas Brendan (Schultz) American actor
  • Nicholas James "Nick" AdenhartAmerican baseball player
  • Nicholas "Nicky" McDonaldScottish singer
  • Nicholas Aaron "Nick" YoungAmerican basketballer
  • Nicholas Louis "Nick" NoonanAmerican musician
  • Nicholas Hugh "Nick" BrownBritish Member of Parliament
  • Nicholas Fred "Nick" DeCarboAmerican NFL player
  • Nicholas Allen "Nick" MassetAmerican baseball player
  • Nicholas Tatambukabirth name of Nick Nola, Ugandan singer
  • Nicholas George "Nick" RomanAmerican NFL player
  • Nicholas J "Nick" KrollAmerican actor and comedian
  • Nicholas Iglesias (b. 2017)son of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and former pro tennis player Anna Kournikova
  • Nicholas "Nick" John HundleyAmerican baseball player
  • Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson (b. 2020)son of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds

Nicholas in Pop Culture

  • Nicholas NicklebyDickens novel and its main character
  • Nicholas "Nick" Burkhardtmain character on the show "Grimm".
  • Nicholas Joseph "Nick" FuryMovel comics and movies character
  • Nicholas Benedictcharacter in "Mysterious Benedict Society" series
  • Nicholas “Nicky” BanksWill's baby cousin on Fresh Prince of Bel,Air
  • Nicholas "Nick" Charlesdetective in Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man" novels and film series
  • Nicholas "Nick" AmaroDetective on Law & Order SVU
  • Nicholas Brodycharacter on Showtime's "Homeland"
  • Nicholas "Nick" Wildelead (fox) character in the movie "Zootopia"
  • Nicholas D. Bryson. character from webcomic "The Glass Scientists"
  • Nicholas D. Wolfwoodcharacter from the anime "Trigun"
  • Nicholas "Nick" Campbellmain character in film "The Internship"
  • Nicholas "Nick" Stokescharacter on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
  • Nicholas "Nick" Daleycharacter in "Night at the Museum"
  • Nicholas "Nick" St. Claircharacter on Freeform's "Riverdale"
  • Nicholas Steinercharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Old St. Nicholasanother name for Santa Claus
  • Nicholas “Nicky” Katsopolischaracter on TV’s Full House and Fuller House
  • Nicholas “Nick” Scratcha character off “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

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