Nicholas or Nikolas is a male given name, derived from the Greek name Νικόλαος (Nikolaos), a combination of the words for "victory" (νίκη; níkē) and "people" (λαὸς; laós). The name can be understood to mean victory of the people. In addition, "laos" or "λαὸς" in Greek, originates from the word root "-las", as found in the word "λα-τομεῑο" meaning "stone" or "rock" (in Greek Mythology, Deucalion and Pyrrha recreated the people after they had vanished in a catastrophic deluge, by throwing stones behind their shoulders while they kept marching on). The name became popular through Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Lycia, the inspiration for Santa Claus. The customary English version of spelling "Nicholas", using an "h", first came into use in the 12th century and has been firmly established since the Reformation, though "Nicolas" is occasionally used. In 2006, Nicholas – and its variations – was the 17th most popular male name given to babies in the USA. Roughly 0.7151% of the baby boys born that year, or 15,414, were given that name. It is decreasing in popularity, from a high in 1997, when 27,248 US males were given the name Nicholas. That year was the most popular year for Nicholas since 1880, when U.S. records were kept for given names.
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... Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (December 21, 1923 – May 14, 2011) was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history ... Nicholas Riasanovsky graduated from the University of Oregon in 1942 ... He specialized in the reign of Emperor Nicholas I (1825–1855) ...
... King Nicholas I of Montenegro (1918–1921) Danilo, Crown Prince of Montenegro (1921) Michael, Prince of Montenegro (1921–1986) Nicholas, Prince of Montenegro, styled Crown ...
... Nicholas of Ajello (Italian Nicolò d'Aiello) was the second son of the Sicilian chancellor Matthew of Ajello and the archbishop of Salerno from 1181, when he ... Naples in 1191, Salerno sent a letter promising him its loyalty and the Archbishop Nicholas abandoned the faithless city for Naples, where he took control of the city's defences after Richard, Count of Acerra ... was crowned on 25 December 1194 in Palermo, with not only Nicholas, but Richard, Margaritus, and Queen Sybilla present ...
... Nicholas of Steppenwolf in 1995 ... Nicholas has toured with the band for a dozen years, which, in similar fashion to Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, rotates its lineup depending on the contributing musicians ... Nicholas, Bobby Kimball of Toto, and Joey Molland of Badfinger with Richard Ward, Rosilee, Mike Younce, and Kurt Griffey in the backing band ...
... The Klausjagen ("Nicholas chase") festival takes place in the Swiss town of Küssnacht on the eve of St ... Nicholas Day ... the tradition as being in honour of Saint Nicholas ...
Famous quotes containing the word nicholas:
“Whatever qualities [Tsar Nicholas I] may have shown in his own kingly profession, it must be admitted that in his dealings with the Russian Muse he was at the worst a vicious bully, at the best a clown.”
—Vladimir Nabokov (18991977)
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads;”
—Clement Clarke Moore (17791863)
“Chanuka and St. Nicholas Day came almost together this yearjust one days difference. We didnt make much fuss about Chanuka: we just gave each other a few little presents and then we had the candles. Because of the shortage of candles we only had them alight for ten minutes, but it is all right as long as you have the song.”
—Anne Frank (19291945)