Boy Names baby nameNicholas

What does the name Nicholas mean?

The meaning of the name “Nicholas” is: “Victory of the people”.

Additional information: Nicholas is a masculine name of Greek origin, meaning ‘Victory of the People,’ and was the name of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to Bible, is remembered for rescuing the daughters of a poor man from prostitution. From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas is widely recognized as the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, and students. Because of Saint Nicholas's legacy, the famous mythical figure of Santa Claus is based on him.For more information click here.

Nick,' and ‘Nicky' are popular diminutives, and variants Nicole (Nicola, Nicolette, and Nikita) are popular as feminine forms of Nicholas. Nicholas tends to be a more formal name and has been the names of three Czars of Russia. The spelling ‘Nicholas' is common in English speaking countries, but the spelling and pronunciation varies from country to country, such as the Romanian and Bulgarian ‘Nikolai.'

The name Nicholas saw a spike in popularity in the 1970s, and remains in the top hundred names for boys, but saw particular popularity during the 1990s and early 2000s, peaking at fifth position in 1999, and the sixth position in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001. The name saw a brief period of use as a girls name in 1984, 1985, and 1987.

Famous people named Nicholas include Nicholas Charles Sparks (American Novelist and Screen Writer), Nicholas Hoult (English Actor), Nikolas Stauskas (Canadian Athlete), and Nicholas “Nick” Jonas (American Musician). Famous fictional characters named Nicholas include Colonel Nicholas “Nick” Fury from Marvel Comic’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

'Nicholas Nickleby' is a novel by Charles Dickens. There were two Russian tsars named Nicholas. The second was tsar during the First World War, and was deposed by the Russian Revolution of 1917.

The French scribe and manuscript-seller Nicholas Flamel has attracted quite a bit of attention since the 17th century, with his newfound reputation as an alchemist and discoverer of the Philosopher’s Stone. His popularity spiked when author J.K. Rowling launched her first Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and in American horror movie As above So Below, which centers on Nicholas Flamel’s study of alchemy and the Philosopher’s Stone.