Gender Male
Word/Name Greek
Meaning Victory of the people
Other names
Nickname(s) Nick, Nicky, Nic, Nik
Derived Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of Greek words "Victory" (Νίκη; nikē) and "People" (λαὸς; laos)

Nicholas or Nikolas is a male given name, derived from the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of the words for "victory" (νίκη; níkē) and "people" (λαὸς; laós). The name can be understood to mean victory of the people or "power of the people". In addition, "laos" or "λαὸς" in Greek, originates from the word root "-las", as found in the word "λα-τομεῑο" meaning "stone" or "rock" (in Greek Mythology, Deucalion and Pyrrha recreated the people after they had vanished in a catastrophic deluge, by throwing stones behind their shoulders while they kept marching on). The name became popular through Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Lycia, the inspiration for Santa Claus. The customary English version of spelling "Nicholas", using an "h", first came into use in the 12th century and has been firmly established since the Reformation, though "Nicolas" is occasionally used. In 2006, Nicholas – and its variations – was the 17th most popular male name given to babies in the USA. Roughly 0.7151% of the baby boys born that year, or 15,414, were given that name. It is decreasing in popularity, from a high in 1997, when 27,248 US males were given the name Nicholas. That year was the most popular year for Nicholas since 1880, when U.S. records were kept for given names.[1]

The Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Churches celebrate Saint Nicholas every year on December 6, which is the name day for "Nicholas". In Greece, the name and its derivatives are especially popular in maritime regions, as St. Nicholas is considered the protector saint of seafarers.


Male variations

Variations for males include[2]:

  • Albanian: Nikollë, Nikolla, Nikë, Klaus, Koll, Kolë
  • Arabic: نقولا
  • Basque: Nikola
  • Belarusian: Mikalai (Мікалай), Nikolai (Николай), Kolya (Коля), Mikola (Мікола)
  • Bulgarian: Никола (Nikola), Николай (Nikolay), Никлен (Niklen), Никулица (Nikùlitsa), Коле (Kole), Кольо (Kolyo), Колю (Kolyu)
  • Catalan: Nicolau
  • Chinese: Quēkǒu, Ní-jī, Nígǔlāsī
  • Croatian: Nikola, Nikula, Mikola, Mikac, Mika, Nikić, Niko, Mikula
  • Czech: Mikoláš, Mikuláš, Nikola
  • Danish: Claus, Klaus, Niels, Nicolai, Nicklaus, Nikolaus, Nikolaj, Nilaus, Nis, Nikolas
  • Dutch: Nicolaas, Nikolaas, Klaas, Nico, Niek, Niels
  • English: Nicholas, Nikolas, Colin
  • Esperanto: Niĉjo, Niko, Nikolao
  • Estonian: Nigul
  • Fijian: Niko
  • Finnish: Launo, Niilo, Niklas, Niko
  • French: Nicolas, Nico, Colas, Colin
  • Galician: Nicolao
  • Georgian: ნიკოლოზ-ი (Nikoloz), ნიკო (Niko)
  • German: Claus, Claas, Klaas, Klaus, Klas, Nickolaus, Nicolas, Nicolaus, Niklaus, Nikolaus, Nikolo, Niklas, Nico, Niko
  • Greek: Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), Νικόλας (Nikolas), Νίκος (Nikos), Νικολής (Nikolis), Νικήτας (Niketas)
  • Hungarian: Miklós, Nikola, Nyikoláj
  • Irish: Nioclás
  • Italian: Niccolò, Nico, Nicola, Nicolò, Nicolas
  • Japanese: ニコラス (Nikorasu), Nikku, Nikkii
  • Korean: Nig, Niki, Nikollaseu
  • Latin: Nicolaus
  • Latvian: Nikolass, Nikolajs, Niks
  • Lithuanian: Mikalojus
  • Leonese language: Nicolás, Nicu, Colás
  • Low German: Nikolaas, Nicolaas, Klaas, Klaus
  • Macedonian: Никола (Nikola), Коле (Kole), Кољо (Koljo), Николче (Nikolče), Николе (Nikole)
  • Malay: Nikk
  • Norwegian: Niels
  • Polish: Mikołaj, Mik, Mikolajek
  • Portuguese: Nicolau
  • Romanian: Neculai, Nicolae, Nicu, Nicușor, Niculae
  • Russian: Николай (Nikolai), Коля (Kolya)
  • Scottish Gaelic: Neacel, Nichol, Nicol, Caelan, Calen
  • Serbian: Никола (Nikola), Николај (Nikolaj), Никша (Nikša), Николица (Nikolica), Никшица (Nikšica), Нико (Niko), Никица (Nikica)
  • Slovak: Mikuláš, Nikola, Mikoláš
  • Slovene: Miklavž, Niko, Nikolaj
  • Spanish: Nicolás, Nicolao
  • Swedish: Nels, Niklas, Niclas, Nicklas, Nils, Klas, Claes
  • Taiwanese (Traditional Chinese): Quēkǒu, Ní-jī, Nígǔlāsī
  • Turkish: Nikola
  • Ukrainian: Микола (Mykola), Миколай (Mykolai)
  • West Frisian: Klaes

Female forms

Female forms include[2]:

People known as Nicholas


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