US Popularity:1235
Other Origin(s):Russian, British
Meaning:Victory of the people
Nikolai is a mighty boy’s name that means “victory of the people” in Greek. Perhaps, appropriately, it is the name of numerous iconic Russian leaders and remains particularly popular in Russia. Its British equivalent, Nicholas, is fashionable throughout English-speaking world. In Greece, Nicholas and its variants are often given to baby boys born in maritime regions, as St. Nicholas is the patron saint of seafarers.

Nikolai Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Nikolai is currently #1212 on The Bump
Boy:Nikolai is currently #659 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Nikolai is currently #1235 in U.S. births
Boy:Nikolai is currently #607 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 25
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Baby Names 2020 by Eleanor Turner, pg. 147

  • WordSense, Nikolai

  • WordSense, Nicholas

  • Behind the Name, Nikolai, January 2019

  • Behind the Name, Nikolay, December 2017

  • Behind the Name, Nicholas, May 2020

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