Nicholas Name Meaning & Origin

Nicholas

Pronunciation: NI-kə-lis (key)

Origin of the name Nicholas:

From the Latin Nicolaus, a derivative of the Greek Nikolaos (victory of the people), a compound name composed of the elements nikē (victory) and laos (the people). The name was borne by St. Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop of Myra who is regarded as the patron saint of Russia and Greece, and of children, sailors, and wolves.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Nicholas

Nick, Nic, Nicky, Nick-o, Nico, Niko, Nikolei, Nikola, Snick, Snickers, Nickers, Nickle-Pickle, Pricky Nicky, Nick Nack, Cole, Colin, Colias

Meanings and history of the name Nicholas

Due to the renown of Saint Nicholas, this name has been widely used in the Christian world and has been common in England since the 12th century, though it became a bit less popular after the Protestant Reformation.

Famous real-life people named Nicholas

Nicholas II, last Emperor of Russia
Nicholas Sparks, American novelist
Nicholas Braun, American actor
Nicholas "Nick" Jonas, American singer
Nickolas Gene "Nick" Carter, member of 90's boyband Backsteet Boys, older brother of American singer Aaron Carter
Nicholas "Nick" Cannon, American actor/comedian
Nicholas Hoult, British actor
Nicolas "Nick" (Coppola) Cage, American actor
Nicholas Theodore "Nick" Nemeth, WWE professional wrestler under the persona "Dolph Ziggler"

Nicholas in song, story & screen

St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus
"Old Nick," common nickname for the Devil
Nicholas Nickleby (by Charles Dickens)
Nick & Nora, famous and stylish classic movie sleuthing duo ("The Thin Man," et al.)
Nicholas Bradford (Eight is Enough)
Nick Carraway (narrator of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Nicolae Carpathia, antagonist of the "Left Behind" series
Nick Carter, fictional detective (various pulp novels, radio series)
Nick Knight, fictional vampire/policeman ("Forever Knight")
Nicola Toscani, martial-arts wielding policeman ("Above the Law")
Nick Amaro, SVU detective ( Law & Order SVU)
Nick of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" surely named after Nick & Nora, famous and stylish classic movie sleuthing duo ("The Thin Man," et al.)
The first name of Lord Devereaux, the cute guy in Princess Diary's 2 who tries to steal the crown from Princess Mia.
Nick Stokes, (portrayed by George Eads) is a character on T.V. series "CSI."
Nicholas "Nick" Laws, Youtuber

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