"Nicholas" Names

St Nicholas Christening Saint Spoon
Christening ‘Saint’ Spoons were once common gifts given at the time of Baptism. They were a useful gift which helped teach children about their name-day saints.
Spoon London, 1910
St Nicholas Center Collection
Klaus Nicole
German name book: Klaus Nicole
St Nicholas Center Collection
Liebe Nicole!
German name book: Liebe Nicole!
St Nicholas Center Collection
Nicola
Italian name booklet: Il mio name Nicola
St Nicholas Center Collection
St Nicholas Christening Saint Spoon
Silver gilt spoon, 1909 England
St Nicholas Center Collection

The use of the name “Nicholas” was very rare before St. Nicholas’ time, but it became widespread as devotion to Nicholas spread throughout Europe. A multitude of names originated from “Nicholas,” as children were named for popular saints. Names developed from both the beginning (Nichol) and the ending (Cholas) of Nicholas. These variations are in many languages and appear as surnames as well as Christian names.

The name Nicholas is a combination of the words for “victory” and “people.” So it can mean “victory of the people” or “power of the people.” In addition, “laos” originates in Greek a word meaning “stone” or “rock.”

It is said that those who bear Nicholas’ name are gifted and intelligent and will succeed—their strengths are to be devoted, balanced optimists; weaknesses, to be somewhat dazed and subject to sudden shifts in mood.

Names Derived From “Nicholas”

Bulgarian

Kolcho
Koljo
Kolyo
Koltscho
Kukla
Nenka
Neno
Neycho
Niko
Nikola
Nikolay
Nikolaki
Nikolcho
Nikoleta
Nikolina
Nikolscho
Nikul
Nina

Catalonian

Nicolau

Czech

Mikolás
Nykar

Danish

Niels

Dutch
& Flemish

Claes
Claise
Cleis
Cleys
De La Claes
Nicolaas
Klaas

English

Classe
Clayes
Cloyes
Cloys
Colin
Collin
Collins
Cole
Coles
Collson
Colson
McNichols
Nicholas
Nichols
Nick
Nickles
Nickleson
Nicola
Nicolas
Nikki
Nixon

Finnish

Clauskin

French

Claisse
Clesse
Cloes
Cloussez
Clugnet
Col
Colas
Colassin
Colesson
Colette
Colienne
Colin
Colinot
Collart
Collay
Collette
Collinet
Collinot
Collingnon
Colot
Colsonet
Nicholes
Niclausse
Nicoette
Nicol
Nicolas
Nicole
Nicolette
Nicollay
Nicolin
Nicot

Frisian

Nigg

German

Claas
Klaus
Klogges
Klos
Klosmann
Nico
Nicolaus
Nicolleta
Nickel
Nietzsche
Niklas
Nikolaus
Nitschco
Nitschko

Greek

Nick
Nicol
Nikaki
Niki
Nikol
Nikolai
Nikolakis
Nikolaos
Nikolas
Nikoletta
Nicolina
Nikolis
Nikolos
Nikos

Hungarian

Miklós
Niki
Niklas
Nikola

Irish
& Scots

Colohon
Coulson

Italian

Cola
Niccolò
Niccoalo
Nicola
Nicoletta
Nicollo

Norwegian

Nils
Nisse

Polish

Mikolaj
Miklas
Nicze

Portuguese

Nicolao

Romanian

Colai
Niculita

Romansh

Nic
Niclo

Russian

Kolia
Kolja
Nikita
Nikolai
Nikolaj

Scandinavian

Clauss
Nikolaï
Niels
Nils
Nicoline

Slavonic

Mikola

Spanish

Coleta
Coletus
Nicolás

Swedish

Klas
Nils
Nisse

Welsh

Clais

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