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Gender: Male Meaning of Nicholas: "people of victory" Origin of Nicholas: Greek Nicholas's Popularity in 2017: #68

The name Nicholas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "people of victory". Nicholas is ranked #68 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

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 boys, Romeos, thugs and detective characters.

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

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Famous People Named Nicholas

Saint Nicholas, 4th-century Greek Bishop of Myra
Nicholas I-IV, popes
Nicholas I and II, Emperors of Russia
Nicholas I (born Nikola Mirkov Petrović-Njegoš), King of Montenegro
Nicholas of Cusa, German philosopher, theologian, jurist, and astronomer
Nicholas Charles Sparks, American novelist
Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas, American musician
Nicholas William Peter "Nick" Clegg, Deputy British Prime Minister
Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake, English singer-songwriter
Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte, American actor
Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Braun, American actor
Nicholas Thompson "Nick" Swisher, American baseball player
Nicholas Meyer, American screenwriter
Nicholas Caradoc Hoult, English actor
Nicholas Pegg, British actor, director, and writer
Nicholas Briggs, English actor, writer and director
Nicholas James MacDonald Patrick, British-American astronaut
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey, American singer and TV personality
Nicholas John "Nick" Frost, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter
(Benjamin) Nicholas "Nick" Monroe, American tennis player
Nicholas Peter Andrew "Nick" Grimshaw, English radio DJ
(Christopher) Nicholas Parsons, English radio and TV presenter
Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor
Nicholas "Nick" Valensi, American musician
Nicholas John "Nick" Robinson, American actor
Nicholas Komor, American fashion designer
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon, American actor and TV presenter
Nicholas Edward Gonzalez, American actor
Nicholas Brendan (Schultz) American actor
Nicholas James "Nick" Adenhart, American baseball player
Nicholas "Nicky" McDonald, Scottish singer
Nicholas Aaron "Nick" Young, American basketballer
Nicholas Louis "Nick" Noonan, American musician
Nicholas Hugh "Nick" Brown, British Member of Parliament
Nicholas Fred "Nick" DeCarbo, American NFL player
Nicholas Allen "Nick" Masset, American baseball player
Nicholas Tatambuka, birth name of Nick Nola, Ugandan singer
Nicholas George "Nick" Roman, American NFL player
Nicholas J "Nick" Kroll, American actor and comedian
Nicholas Iglesias (b. 2017), son of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and former pro tennis player Anna Kournikova
Nicholas "Nick" John Hundley, American baseball player

Pop Culture References for the name Nicholas

Nicholas Nickleby, Dickens novel and its main character
Nicholas "Nick" Burkhardt, main character on the show "Grimm".
Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury, Movel comics and movies character
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" novels and film series
Nicholas "Nick" Amaro, Detective on Law & Order SVU
Nicholas Brody, character on Showtime's "Homeland"
Nicholas "Nick" Wilde, lead (fox) character in the movie "Zootopia"
Nicholas D. Bryson. character from webcomic "The Glass Scientists"
Nicholas D. Wolfwood, character from the anime "Trigun"
Nicholas "Nick" Campbell, main character in film "The Internship"
Nicholas "Nick" Stokes, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Nicholas "Nick" Daley, character in "Night at the Museum"
Nicholas "Nick" St. Clair, character on Freeform's "Riverdale"
Nicholas Steiner, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
Old St. Nicholas, another name for Santa Claus


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.