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Nicola (name)

Nicola is a Latinised version of a Greek male personal name (from the Greek Νικόλαος) derived from Nikos meaning "victory," and laos meaning "people," therefore implying the meaning "winner 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 (also an Italian male personal name from the Greek meaning 'manly.') The female form of Nicola in Italian is Nicoletta. Other forms of the female name in other languages include Nicole or Nicolette in French, Nikola in Polish and Latvian, Nikolett or Nikoletta in Hungarian.


  • Name days 1
  • People with the name 2
    • Music 2.1
    • Sports 2.2
    • Arts 2.3
    • Other 2.4
  • People with the surname 3
  • References 4

Name days

People with the name





People with the surname

  • 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, Irish military officer, author of the Newburgh letter
  • Marcelo Nicola (born 1971), Argentine-Italian basketball coach and retired player


  1. ^ An excellent reference for the name form and the legend of Saint Nicolaus is The Golden Legend or Lives of the Saints, compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275. First Edition Published 1470.
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