Quick Facts on Nico
- Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Nico
Nico is the short form of Nicholas used primarily among the Dutch, Germans, Italians, Portuguese and Spanish. The name Nicholas is the anglicized spelling of the Greek name “Nikolaos” which is derived from “nikē” (victory) and “laos” (people). Nicholas came into regular usage in the later Middle Ages owing to the growing cult and popularity of St. Nicholas (who lived during the 3rd and 4th centuries in modern day Turkey). St. Nicholas was known for his secret gift-giving and thus became the inspiration behind the Christmas tradition of Santa Clause (it was the Dutch who developed the concept of “Sinterklaas” in the 19th century). Yet centuries before, St. Nicholas was revered among Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians alike (which is why this name has enjoyed widespread international appeal). He is known as the patron saint of children (aptly so). Among the Greeks and Italians, St. Nicholas is also considered the patron saint of sailors and was often revered as a Christianized version of the sea god Poseidon. Many miracles were attributed to St. Nicholas so it’s no wonder that the name became a favorite of many Christian cultures throughout the Western World. Nicholas remains a hugely popular name among English speakers, but it has also produced several other variations in other languages, as well as many diminutives including Nick, Claus, Klaas, Nils, Niko and Nico (some examples). Nico is currently a Top 25 boy’s name in German-speaking Austria.
Popularity of the Name Nico
Nico first appeared on the American male naming charts quite recently in the year 1988. Since the name shot up almost 500 positions on the Top 1000 list in two short years, we figured there had to be some pop-culture influence at hand. In 1988 the internationally known martial artist Steven Seagal debuted in his first feature film called “Above the Law” in which he played the heroic character Det. Sgt. Nico Toscani. Enough future American parents saw the movie and found the name Nico both masculine and charming, and we would agree. Since Nico is the short form of Nicholas in so many various languages, it gives the name a certain cosmopolitan coolness. Nico is short and sweet; upbeat and friendly. Interestingly, although masculine in nature, Nico is a name also used occasionally for girls. This may have been influenced by the German-born female musician Nico (b. Christa Päffgen) who collaborated with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s (she was also a muse to Andy Warhol). However, Nico has not been used on females frequently enough to land her a spot on the Top 1000 girl names in America. Today Nico is used with very light moderation, so it’s definitely not super common for little boys either. Although we’re guessing Nico is most popular among Spanish speaking Americans, this is a name with strong cross-over appeal.
Popularity of the Boy Name Nico
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nico
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Nico
Nico We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Nico.
Popular Songs on Nico
Nico - a song by Marlango
Nico - a song by The Cult
Children's Books on the Baby Name Nico
Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog (Meggan Hill) - "How will I be so kind?" Nico must search his heart to find ways to be so kind while taking care of an adorable dog named Lola. Tender messages and captivating photographs are woven together in this heartwarming tale that reminds each of us we can be just a little bit kinder in everything we do. A book for every child to read, share, and remember! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Nico (Jefferey Potter) - Kindle edition. Mark lives in a world where everyone has an imaginary friend, even the adults. Nico, Mark's imaginary, is too hyper for him to control. He kills Nico, and suddenly Mark is a straight-A student, but everything becomes bland and boring. He joins up with his friend Darya to search for a way to revive Nico, but when Mark loses his ability to see colors and things start to disappear from the real world, he begins to question his own sanity. He gets locked up in an asylum, where he must face the reality of life without Nico. Soon it becomes clear that Nico is out to get revenge on Mark, and they face off in the dream world, where Mark will either win Nico back, or be lost to insanity forever. Recommended for ages unknown.
Nico (Paul Borovsky) - Nico, a selfish ape living in the rain forest, spends all of his time collecting food and never helps his fellow animals, but when his floor collapses into the mud, Nico learns the true value of friendship. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Nico Visits the Moon (Honorio Robledo) - Nico is a wild and adventurous boy—never-mind that he's still crawling. One afternoon, he crawls right past his family and out the door. Luckily some balloons are close at hand to carry him to the farthest stars. He's happy there, playing on the moon. Will he come home? Only just in time to start kindergarten. A fanciful meandering story with light-hearted 'airy' illustrations—perfect for floating. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Nico
Famous People Named Nico - Nico (musician); Nico Rosberg (German racecar driver); Nico Hülkenberg (German racecar driver); Nico Tortorella (actor); Nico Terol (Spanish motorcycle racer)
Children of Famous People Named Nico
Famous People Who Named Their Son Nico - Shannon Hoon (musician, daughter is named Nico); Thandie Newton (actress, daughter is named Nico); Guy Berryman (musician, bassist for Coldplay, has a daughter named Nico)
Nico - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Nico - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nico.
Personality of the Boy Name Nico
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Nico