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Nicholas name meaning

First Name
908k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
28k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nicholas mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Nicholas

User Submitted Origins

Greek
62%
English
33%
African
3%
Puerto Rican
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. 10 submissions from all over the world agree the name Nicholas means "Victory of the people" and is of Greek origin.
  2. According to 5 people from all over the world, the name Nicholas is of English origin and means "Peoples victory".
  3. According to a user from Missouri, U.S., the name Nicholas is of English origin and means "Victory to and of people".
  4. According to a user from New Zealand, the name Nicholas is of Greek origin and means "Nike,a greek god and victory".
  5. According to a user from Washington, U.S., the name Nicholas is of Roman origin and means "Victorious, coming from the Roman Goddess Nike, the patron of victory".
  6. 2 submissions from the United Kingdom and China agree the name Nicholas means "victory" and is of English origin.
  7. A submission from Wisconsin, U.S. says the name Nicholas means "Victory of the peope" and is of Greek origin.
  8. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Nicholas means "The people's champion.The people's victor" and is of Greek origin.
  9. A submission from Jamaica says the name Nicholas means "The 'Gift of God', according to user from Kenya who stated that the name is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin" and is of African origin.
  10. According to a user from Kenya, the name Nicholas is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Gift of God".
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  1. A bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)
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From Middle English Nicholas, from Old French Nicholas, from Latin Nīcolāus, from Ancient Greek Νικόλαος (Nikólaos), from νίκη (níkē, “victory”) + λαός (laós, “people”)

  1. A male given name from Ancient Greek. Best known for St. Nicholas of Myre, on whom Father Christmas is based.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Nicholas was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Notable Persons Named Nicholas

Notable Persons Named Nicholas

Nicholas II of Russia

His most notable accomplishments were from 20 to 1894. Nicholas was born as the child of Alexander III of Russia and Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark) on May 18th, 1868 in Alexander Palace. He died on July 17th, 1918.

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Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Nicholas was given the name Nicholas Caradoc Hoult on December 7th, 1989 in Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas is a pop music musician. He plays Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster, and Gibson ES-335. He has been prominent since 2000. Nick was given the name Nicholas Jerry Jonas on September 16th, 1992 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Nick is also known as Nick Jonas.

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Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon is a rapper, actor, comedian, television host, radio personality, entrepreneur, and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Scott Cannon on October 8th, 1980 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Nick Cave

Nick Cave is a post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, and garage rock musician. He plays Piano, Electronic organ, Harmonica, Guitar, Percussion instrument, Saxophone, Drum kit, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1973 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Edward Cave on September 22nd, 1957 in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia.

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Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2004. Nick was given the name Nicholas J. Kroll on June 5th, 1978 in New York City.

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  • Nicholas Sparks
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  • Nick Nolte
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  • Nick Drake
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  • Nick Robinson
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  • Nick Frost
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  • Nicholas I
    Royalty
  • Nick Mason
    Musician
  • Nick Lachey
    Singer
  • Nicholas Winton
    Humanitarian
  • Nick Swardson
    Stand-up Comedian
  • Nick Cassavetes
    Actor
  • Nicholas D'Agosto
    Actor
  • Nicholas Braun
    Actor

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nicholas

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nicholas

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was a saint. He holds the title Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonderworker, Holy Hierarch, and Bishop of Myra. Saint was born on March 15th, 0270 in Patara, Lycia. He died on December 6th, 0343.

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Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas is an actor, singer, musician, producer, director, and writer. He has been prominent since 1987. Thomas was born Thomas Ian Nicholas on July 10th, 1980 in Las Vegas Valley.

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Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas is an actor, activism, actress, and social activist. Her career lasted from 1968 to 2004. Denise was given the name Donna Denise Nicholas on July 12th, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Henry Nicholas

Henry Nicholas is a -entrepreneur, -philanthropist, -victims' rights advocate, -chairman of the henry t. nicholas, iii foundation, -chairman of nicholas education foundation, -chairman of marsy's law for all, -former co-chairman of the board, president, chief executive offic. Henry was given the name Henry Thompson Nicholas III by his parent Marcella Leach in 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

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Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas is a pop, stage, screen, pop music, and film musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to present. Paul was given the name Paul Oscar Beuselinck on December 3rd, 1945 in Peterborough, England, UK. Paul is also known as Paul Dean.

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Charlie Nicholas

Charlie Nicholas is a soccer player for the Celtic F.C., Arsenal F.C., Aberdeen F.C., Clyde F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, Scotland national football team, and Scotland national football B team. Charlie was born on December 30th, 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Common last names for Nicholas

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Russo
  • Pappas
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Romano
  • Martin
  • Williams
  • Caruso
  • Marino
  • George
  • Bruno
  • Schneider
  • Gentile
  • Wagner

Common first names for Nicholas

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • George
  • Charles
  • Robert
  • Joseph
  • Helen
  • Edward
  • Thomas
  • Margaret
  • Dorothy
  • Elizabeth
  • Anna
  • Paul
  • Frank
  • Peter
  • Michael

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nicholas U.S.
  White 73.29% 64.26%
  African American 17.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nicholas

People with the last name Nicholas are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Nicholas

  • What name lists does Nicholas rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Nicholas? Nicholas is the 49th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Nicholas was the 78th most popular name. As a last name Nicholas was the 1,258th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nicholas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 908,103 babies born with the first name Nicholas in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nicholas to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nicholas? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 73 new born babies.
  • When was Nicholas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nicholas is Friday, February 23rd, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Nicholas born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nicholas was in 1995 with a total of 29,156 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nicholas!
  • Random Nicholas Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nicholas ranks 74th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 19 babies in Hawaii have the same name in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Nicholas: The name spelled backwards is Salohcin. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Chasniol. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nicholas? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,922 people with the last name Nicholas.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nicholas? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Nicholas as their last name.
  • Nicholas name meaning

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