Gender: Female Pronunciation: NICK-ah-la Meaning of Nicola: "people of victory" Origin of Nicola: Greek; feminine variation of Nicholas

Nicola Origin and Meaning

The name Nicola is a girl's name of Italian, Greek origin meaning "people of victory".

Nicola, the elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially as Nicole's standing has waned.

In Britain, Nicola first appeared around 1940, started rising in the fifties and by the mid-1970's had reached third place on the popularity list, after which it began to be replaced by Nicole.

In his novel The Well Beloved, Thomas Hardy spelled it Nichola. Nicola was and still is a unisex name in Italy: one historic bearer Nicola Pisano was a renowned and influential thirteenth century sculptor, Nikola Testa an eminent inventor.

Nicolette, which was the name of an enchanting princess in the medieval French romance Aucassin et Nicolette, is a more feminissima version.

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Famous People Named Nicola

Pop Culture References for the name Nicola

Collette, Colletta

Nicola's International Variations

Colette, Nicholina (French) Nicolina, Nicoline (Greek)


winifredsnow Says:


I think you mean Nikola TESLA not TESTA. I love the name Nicola as a sister name alongside my daughter Freya

wavygirl Says:


I love NI-co-la rather than Nic-COLL-uh. best spelling, Nikola. Nicola and Nichola are nice. like Nicole better tho;

Saffron_Rice Says:


I'm a Brit and in Britain it's pronounced Nic-OLL-uh (slight stress on middle syllable)
I like this name and can see it regaining popularity. It sounds 20th century but was also used in the Middle Ages for English girls, so has a nice historic legitimacy.

jojobabyberry Says:


I love Nicola and all Nicholas/Nicole names.

jordalini Says:


I don't know about this name, maybe I just don't like any sort of Nicholas/Nicole names, but for me it feels just as tired as it's over used cousins

Analia Says:


name that has kinda grown on me, Nola would be a cute nick name IMO