Nicola (name)

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Nicola is a Latinised version of the Greek personal name Nikolaos (Νικόλαος), derived from Nikos meaning "victory", and laos meaning "people", therefore implying the meaning "Victory of the people". The English form of the same name is Nicholas. Nicola was a frequently given male personal name among the traditional Italian nobility, and was used often in the Middle Ages.[1]

In the UK and Germany, the male form Nicola has been used as a female name, which originally came from incorrectly presuming the name's vowel ending "a" was the female form, as has also occurred with the male given name Andrea; the female form of Nicola in Italian is Nicoletta. Less commonly, the name is spelled "Nichola" or "Nickola". Other forms of the female name in other languages include Nicole or Nicolette in French, Nikolett or Nikoletta in Hungarian.

The spelling Nikola is widely used in Slavic language speaking areas, reflecting the transliteration of the Cyrillic spelling Никола.

Name days[edit]

  • 21 March and 10 September (Hungary)
  • 29 August (Slovakia)
  • 20 November (Czech Republic)
  • 6 December, in line with Saint Nicholas (Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Latvia)
  • 19 December, Saint Nikola (Serbia)

Given name[edit]




  • Carlos Nicola (born 1973), Uruguayan former footballer
  • Davide Nicola (born 1973), Italian football manager and retired player
  • Enrico De Nicola (1877–1959), Italian jurist, journalist, politician and provisional Head of State of republican Italy from 1946 to 1948
  • Isaac Nicola (1916–1997), Cuban guitarist
  • Lewis Nicola (1717–1807), Irish-American military officer during the American Revolutionary War, author of the Newburgh letter
  • Marcelo Nicola (born 1971), Argentine-Italian basketball coach and retired player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Golden Legend or Lives of the Saints, compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275. First edition published 1470.