Gender: Male Meaning of Nicholas: "people of victory" Origin of Nicholas: Greek Nicholas's Popularity in 2019: #78

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.

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Rank in US: #78

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I like Nico as a nn.

ParanoidAndroid Says:


It’s a staunch “No” for Nicholas or Nick. My personal association with the name is this pudgy, bowl-haired kid who gallivanted around in my elementary school, biding his time by throwing pencils at people. More importantly, I know a dozen Nicholases. It’s time to move on.

sunshinexoxo Says:


Nicholas is a nice name for a boy.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this name, and Nick for short.

iipostmvh Says:


I would get it, others might not, but a simple explanation would clarify and connect the names.

germanstar Says:


I don't know how would things work in the US. But in Greece Nike is a feminine name. The pronunciation has nothing to do with what Nike is pronounced like in English. In modern Greek it is pronounced NEE-kee. And it is a clearly feminine name, modern Greek has no Unisex names if I'm not mistaken. Names that are used for both genders have different spellings. Anyway, Nike is not one of them. In Greek it is as feminine as Adelina or Valentina. So for a Greek person, nicknaming a boy Nike would be weird. Things may be different in other places of the world. But it all depends on you. In my opinion you shouldn't let anyone decide for you. If you like it enough, then just use it.

thorn144 Says:


Ok question for nameberries: the roots of this name are Greek Nike (victory) and Laus (of the people). I really like the name Nike but because of association with sport brand can't use as given name. Would Nike be a weird nickname for Nicholas? I think it would be kind of cute and I just like the way it sounds.

EW314 Says:


Nicholas is a lovely, traditional choice which is much less overused than Benjamin, William or Alexander nowadays. Not crazy about Nick or Cole, but Nico would be a cute nickname option with a European flavour.

sheldoncooper24 Says:


I absolutely adore this name! It feels sophisticated, yet it still feels trendy and wearable. It has a lovely sound and a great meaning. It's not overused, but still feels familiar. An all-round excellent name!

Zelliew Says:


Well said

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Slightly obsessed with this name :D

scblovesnames Says:


Not too trendy, just a classic name with a very nice meaning.

Leah3456 Says:


Love the meaning of this name!

jordalini Says:


I literally know 11 guys with this name. and half of them are Nicholas James, please move on.

nicholas Says:


its a cool name right?

eveyalecia Says:


I like Cole as a nickname for Nicholas, I think Nick is just a little too over-used.

Addie88 Says:


I think Nicholas is lovely. Nick is nice, too. I think this would be a wonderful baby name choice.