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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Victory of the People 

What Does the Name Nicolas Mean and Stand For? 

The name Nicolas comes from the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos). Nicolas, meaning "victory of the people," has origins in Spanish and French. It is a form of Nicholas and has a rich history, with its popularity dating back to the 14th century in Europe because of its association with Christianity.

How Popular Is The Name Nicolas

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish (Nicolás), French, Dutch, Greek, etc : from the personal name Nicolas, the usual spelling of Greek Nikolaos in many languages (see Nicholas).
  • English (common in Wales) : variant spelling of Nicholas.

Famous people with this first name

What Does the Name Nicolas Mean? 

The name Nicolas is a boys' name of Greek origin, meaning "victory of the people." Nicolas is the French and Spanish spelling of Nicolas. However, this spelling has been gaining popularity in the English-speaking world. 

Nicolas has long been a popular name across Europe and the globe because of its association with 4th century bishop, Saint Nicolas.

How Popular is the Name Nicolas? 

Nicolas is the #202 most popular name in the U.S., according to Social Security Administration data. However, it ranks #8 on 

The name has remained consistently popular since 2000. According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Nicolas was at its peak popularity in February 2018. 

Popularity of the Name Nicolas in the United States 

Nicolas was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Florida 
  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey 
  • Oregon

Famous People Named Nicolas and Nicolas in Pop Culture 

Famous Nicolas' include American actor Nicolas Cage and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. 

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