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Gender: Male Pronunciation: NIK-ah-nor Meaning of Nicanor: "victory" Origin of Nicanor: Greek

Nicanor Origin and Meaning

The name Nicanor is a boy's name meaning "victory".

Derived from Greek name Nike “victory”, this name has been borne by many notable figures, from ancient times to the present day. It belonged to several early kings of Macedonia and to a 1st-century Catholic saint, Nicanor the Deacon, which accounts for its use in the Spanish-speaking world to this day.

Literary namesakes include prominent Chilean poet Nicanor Parra, a spy in Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus, and an unfortunate bureaucrat in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.

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