Sunday, 4 May 2014

Nicholas' Variations


"Saint Nicholas Saves Three Innocents From Death" by Ilya Repin


Nicholas comes from the Greek Nikolaos meaning "victory of the people" which is derived from the Greek nike "victory" and laos "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia. He was known for secret gift-giving, he would put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. He is the patron saint of children, coopers, sailors and merchants, as well as broadcasters, the falsely accused, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers, and pawnbrokers. The name has been borne by five popes and two czars of Russia.


Masculine:

Claes - Swedish 
Claus - German, Danish 
Col - Medieval English 
Collin - English 
Klaas - Low German, Dutch 
Klaes - Frisian
Klaos - Limburgish
Klas - Swedish 
Klaus - German, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish 
Kolya - Russian
Miklavž - Slovene 
Miklós - Hungarian
Mikołaj - Polish
Mikoláš - Czech
Miksa - Hungarian 
Mikula - Czech
Mikuláš - Slovak, Czech
Mykola - Ukrainian 
Neacel - Scottish 
Neculai - Romanian
Niccolò - Italian 
Nichol - Scottish 
Niĉjo - Esperanto 
Nickolas - English 
Nickolaus - German 
Nicol - Scottish
Nicola - Italian 
Nicolaas - Dutch 
Nicolae - Romanian 
Nicolao - Spanish
Nicolaos - Greek 
Nicolás - Spanish 
Nicolas - French 
Nicolau - Portuguese, Galician, Catalan 
Nicolaus - German, Ancient Greek 
Nicolò - Italian 
Nicuşor - Romanian
Niek - Dutch
Niels - Danish 
Nigul - Estonian 
Niilo - Finnish 
Nikica - Croatian, Serbian 
Niklas - Swedish, Finnish
Niklaus - Swiss German 
Nikola - Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Czech, Basque, Medieval Slavic 
Nikolaas - Dutch
Nikolai - Russian, Bulgarian
Nikolaj - Danish, Slovene 
Nikolajs - Latvian 
Nikolao - Esperanto 
Nikolaos - Greek 
Nikolas - English, Greek 
Nikolaus - German 
Nikolay - Russian, Bulgarian 
Nikolche - Macedonian 
Nikoloz - Georgian 
Nikša - Croatian 
Nikusha - Georgian 
Nioclás - Irish

Feminine:

Colette - French
Coline - French
Klasina - Dutch
Klazina - Dutch
Nichola - English
Nichole - English
Nicol - Czech
Nicola - German, Czech, English
Nicolasa - Spanish
Nicole - French, English, Dutch, German, Czech, Spanish
Nicolet - Dutch
Nicoleta - Romanian
Nicoletta - Italian
Nicolette - French
Nicolina - Italian
NIcoline - French, Dutch
Nikol - Czech, Bulgarian
Nikola - German, Polish, Czech, Slovak
Nikole - Basque, English
Nikoleta - Greek
NIkolett - Hungarian
Nikolina - Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian


Nicholas is ranked #54 in the United States, #149 in England/Wales, #32 in Canada, and #33 in Australia.

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