Names to Substitute for Nicholas

Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

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  • Alexander

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    Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention all the female versions -- that... Read More 

  • Alexios

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    Very popular on its native turf, foreign-sounding here. Read More 

  • Andreas

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    Andreas is a beautiful name, with the patina of an Old Master painting, one that could make an exotic namesake for an Uncle Andrew.

    In Europe, Andreas is currently in the Top 20 in... Read More 

  • Christian

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    Christian has fallen a bit from its 90's and 00's heights, but it's still quite popular. Once considered overly pious, Christian is now seen as making a bold statement of faith by some, while also... Read More 

  • Christos

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    A Greek classic. Read More 

  • Cole

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    Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. It's quite popular in Scotland.

    Old King Cole -- which... Read More 

  • Colin

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    Thanks to its dashing Anglo-Irish image--due partly to Colins Firth and Farrell-- and its c-initialed two-syllable sound, Colin and its cousin Collin have enjoyed a long run of popularity,... Read More 

  • Dominick

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    This is the second-to-the-original spelling of a name that's part Jersey Shore, part upper-crust British. Dominick gets you more directly to nickname Nick.Read More 

  • Homer

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    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad, and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as... Read More 

  • Kenyon

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    Kenyon is a very engaging British surname name, the middle y giving it a kind of southwestern canyonesque undertone.

    Though Kenyon appears in English records as far back as the... Read More 

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