Nikolay - boys name

Nikolay name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 74%

Nikolay name meaning:

The name Nikolay is of Slavic origin, primarily found in Russian and Bulgarian cultures, and it means "victory of the people." It is the Slavic variant of the Greek name Nikolaos, from "nikē" meaning victory and "laos" meaning people. This name has a rich historical and cultural significance, embodying the idea of triumph and leadership among communities.

Nikolay is associated with several prominent figures in history and literature, enhancing its appeal and significance. For example, Nikolay Gogol was a famous Russian novelist, playwright, and short story writer, known for his influence on Russian literature. The name carries an air of intellect, strength, and resilience, making it a popular choice for parents who wish to impart these values onto their son.

In contemporary times, the name Nikolay is still widely used in Russia, Bulgaria, and other Slavic countries, maintaining its traditional charm while also adapting to modern trends. It's a name that resonates with a sense of pride, heritage, and the collective spirit of a community, making it not just a personal identifier but a symbol of cultural identity and perseverance.


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Overall UK ranking: 1250 out of 4789

21 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Nikolay

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