Boy Baby Name

Nicolas

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Quick Facts on Nicolas

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 191
Pronunciation:
NI-ka-lis
Simple meaning:
People of victory

Characteristics of Nicolas

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Nicolas

Nicolas is a simple respelling of the more classically anglicized name Nicholas (without the “h”). Nicolas comes from the Greek name “Nikolaos” which is derived from “nikē” (victory) and “laos” (people). The “-ch” spelling first shows up in the 12th century but becomes firmly embedded by the 16th century. The legend of St. Nicholas developed in the 19th century from the Dutch figure of “Sinterklaas” (although St. Nicholas himself dates back to the 4th century). He is, not surprisingly, the patron saint of children. The name Nicholas in its various forms (including Nicolas) was popular throughout Europe by the 14th century, influenced mainly by saints and clergymen. Nicolas appears to be a favored spelling in France and among Spanish-speaking people where the name is rendered with an accent as Nicolás.

Popularity of the Name Nicolas

The name Nicolas has never been quite as popular as Nicholas in the United States; in fact, the name has never once achieved a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored boys’ names. However, like his brother Nicholas, Nicolas (without the “h”) attained its highest positions on the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. American parents clearly prefer the spelling with an “h” but it just comes down to individual preference. Both names have waned a bit in terms of usage, but when you put the variations of the name together it is still a very popular choice for boys. Probably due to the association with Santa Claus (or St. Nick), Nicolas has a friendly, cheerful sound to it. The names Nick and even Nico are considered pet forms that have become popular alternatives in their own right. Still, the rolling three-syllable sound of Nicolas adds more dimension.
Popularity of the Boy Name Nicolas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nicolas

  • Popular Songs on Nicolas

    Popular Songs on Nicolas

    La Rumba de Nicolas - a song by the Gipsy Kings

    Nicolas - a song by Etron Fou Leloublan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Nicolas

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Nicolas

    Corre, Nicolas, corre!/ Run, Nicholas, Run! (Gilles Tibo) - Nicolás's family makes sure that he is busy all the time. Even the weekends include organized, learning activities with no time to rest. With so many activities after school every day, he becomes exhausted and sick, eating and breathing with difficulty while running a high fever. His parents take care of him for a few days, allowing him to relax. When he gets better, they apologize for his jam-packed agenda and proudly announce an innovative and surprising change in his schedule. This humorous story will capture readers' hearts. The beautiful illustrations make it easy for young children to follow the story without reading the text, while more accomplished readers will be delighted by the animated cadence. This book can easily become a favorite for story times, bedtime sharing, or independent readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Le Petit Nicolas (Rene Goscinny and Jean-Jaques Sempe) - This classic book about a mischievous schoolboy and his friends, originally published in French in 1959, is now available in English. A collection of 19 escapades, the stories introduce the protagonist and his cohorts as they wreak havoc out of simple, everyday situations at school, on the playground, and at home. Pestering the substitute teacher, trying to adopt a lost dog, and quarreling over soccer positions (only to find there isn't even a ball) make for hilarious and timeless anecdotes that will have readers giggling. Adults will also appreciate Nicolas's childlike perception of each troublesome situation through his comments at the end of each adventure. These charming vignettes beg to be shared aloud in a classroom or library setting. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Nicolas, donde estas? (Osvaldo P. Amelio-Ortiz) - Nicholas loves to watch television—he loves the characters on the screen and he loves to create fantasies about them. But because he watches those characters so much, he soon discovers that his fantasies and television friendships are overwhelming the actual events and relationships in his life. In this intimate story, Nicholas begins to realize that what he really needs—to share his days and thoughts with someone he loves—he can never get from a television show. / A Nicolás le encanta ver televisión—le encantan los personajes detrás de la pantalla y le encanta crear fantasías sobre ellos. Pero, porque mira la tele con tanta frecuencia, pronto descubre que estas fantasías y amistades muchas veces contrastan con los eventos y amigos en su vida real. En este cuento íntimo, Nicolás se da cuenta que lo que actualmente necesita—compartir con alguien los valores del corazón—nunca podrá recibir de la televisión. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Nicolas, Where Have You Been? (Leo Lionni) - The mice community is angered by the birds who continually pick the sweetest berries, while the mice are left with the unripened ones. When Nicholas goes in search of a berry patch unscathed by birds, he is snatched up by a large black bird, falls into a nest sheltering three baby birds, becomes friendly with them, and finally returns to his fellow mice, telling them of the good deeds of the bird family. Recommended for ages 5-9.

  • Famous People Named Nicolas

    Famous People Named Nicolas

    Famous People Named Nicolas - Nicolas Cage (actor); Nicolas Sarkozy (President of France)

  • Children of Famous People Named Nicolas

    Children of Famous People Named Nicolas

    Famous People who Named their Son Nicolas - Brigitte Bardot (actress); Felipe Giaffone (racecar driver)

  • Historic Figures

    Nicolas - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Nicolas - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nicolas (see Nicholas).

Personality of the Boy Name Nicolas

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Nicolas

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