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

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.

Famous People Named Nicola

Nicola Maria Roberts, English singer of Girls Aloud
Nicola Anne Peltz, American actress
Nicola "Nic" Haste, English YouTuber of Pixiwoo
Nicola Adams, British Olympic boxer
Nicola Payne, sister of English singer Liam Payne of One Direction
Nicola Vicars "Nikki" Coghill, Australian actress
Nicola Mary Pagett, English actress
Nicola Wheeler, English actress
Nicola Griffith, English fantasy novelist
Nicola Tappenden, English glamour model
Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, 1st Minister of Scotland
Nicola Marie Bolger, Australian soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Nicola

Nicola West, character on Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
Nicola King, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
"Nicola and the Viscount," novel by Meg Cabot
Nicola Murray, character on British TV series "The Thick of It"

Collette, Colletta

Nicola's International Variations

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