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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Nicholas
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Nicholas in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Nicholas:
Records indicate that 862,369 boys in the United States have been named Nicholas since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1995, when 29,152 people in the U.S. were given the name Nicholas. Those people are now 24 years old.
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Comments about the name Nicholas
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32 Positive Comments
"I am Nicholas Liam, and have always loved my name, except my middle name which no one ever heard of when I was younger. but now Liam is more popular than Nicholas ever was!
Everyone in my family calls me Nicky, which I hated when I was a certain age. Almost no one has ever called me Nicholas, except one girlfriend (I loved to be called Nicholas by her) and my parents when I was in trouble...which was often.
People in fiction and life named Nick or Nicholas are almost always interesting and energetic and popular.
The best name ever...and Nick is the original nick name!" Jan. 21, 2017:
"My name is Nicholas. People often spell it wrong, but it is still a good name. I like it very much. People tried to call me Nicky as well." Mar. 30, 2016:
"I named my son this and I used,to always watch nickolodeon as a kid. I didn't make the conbection til later. I wanted to name him xavier but so many kids around that time has the name. So its nicholas xavier..." Mar. 5, 2012:
"my sons name is nicholas and he is 7 years old. he is a handsome blonde haired little boy with a big personality. He loves life, loves playing pranks and being a typical boy. He has tons of energy and is always happy and has the best personality ever. I think Nicholas is a great name and makes an good impression on people." Oct. 2, 2011:
"my boyfriend's name is nicholas and he's the sweetest, most thoughtful guy ever :)" Sep. 23, 2010:
"I prefer to go by Nick, other than that it's a pretty nice name. Someone once spelled my name "Nic" instead of "Nick". People mistake it for "Dick" or something." May. 11, 2010:
"My son is named Nikora (Nee-core-rah) which is the Maori (NZ) pronunciation of Nicholas. Way cool!" Mar. 21, 2009:
"I love this name.=D I like a guy named Nicholas, so its kinda expected. The thing is...... everybody spells it as nicolas, without the 'h'." Mar. 20, 2009:
"My name is a beast. I had my name nicholas for about 20 years before i changed it to rocko." Feb. 19, 2009:
"Iam called Nicholas and am totally in love with my name you get exactly what it means in life.." Sep. 10, 2008:
"My cousin's name is Nicholas Joseph, and I guess you could say that he has a little bit of "devil" in him, but he's only 8, so I guess it's normal." Mar. 27, 2008:
"I love the name cause my boyfriend is name nicholas were totally in love!" Jan. 22, 2008:
"I love this name as it's my second son's name. My name is Nicole so we gave him the male equivalent of my name which is "Nicholas"." Jan. 15, 2008:
"It's a very versatile name which I first enjoyed from "Eight is Enough." 15 years later I named my one and only son Nicholas." Jan. 9, 2008:
"We named our son Nicholas because it was the only male name my husband and I agreed on. We both looked through a baby name book and wrote down the ones we liked and then compared our lists. Nicholas won hands down!" Jul. 1, 2007:
"If we have a baby boy in the future, we'll probably name him Nicholas." Jun. 21, 2007:
"We named our son Nicholas. It's a strong name for a boy and we call him Nico as a nickname. The challenge will be, when he goes to school, for people NOT to call him Nick." Feb. 24, 2007:
"My Name Is Nicholas I love it I know heaps of other nicks so its very common." Feb. 10, 2007:
"My husband and i named our newborn son Nicholas. We wanted something classic, and with my husband's name being Rick, Nick was the next best thing to junior." Dec. 23, 2006:
"A great name for a boy. Can also be shortened to Nick which is easier to say and spell." Oct. 26, 2006:
"It's a wonderful name. I've liked it all my adult life and recommended it to a friend for her new son. And she named him Nicholas! Yay!" Sep. 21, 2006:
"My name is Nicholas. I'm one hundred percent Greek and I kick ass!" Sep. 11, 2006:
"I love this name it is my boyfriends name and i think it's sexy!!!" Jul. 31, 2006:
"My "guy friend's" name is Nicholas. And I really like it. It can be formal-Nicholas or friendly-Nick. It's a multi-purpose name. And it's cute" Jul. 27, 2006:
"My name is Nicholas; my sister named her younger son Nicholas after me as well. Very few people can get away with calling me "Nick" however. I think shortening it is a tragic thing to do to such a wonderfully classic, strong name." Mar. 21, 2006:
"Nicholas is a really cool name. I've had it for 16 years now and haven't had any problems apart from one! People calling me "nicky" lol. Really don't like it but probably personal preference!" Jan. 16, 2006:
"Our son is named Nicholas and we love it! People NEVER pronounce it incorrectly, however they spell it wrong quite often!" Jan. 4, 2006:
"Two thumbs way way up on this one guys. A sure winner with the ladies. Call for a good time 679-5666" Dec. 20, 2005:
"It comes from the greek 'nike' - victorious and 'populous' - people" Dec. 16, 2005:
"I've been "Nick" all my life. Now in my professional circumstances i'm beginning to prefer "Nicholas" since it sounds much more mature and unlike a soap opera character." Nov. 26, 2005:
"We named our so Nicholas because it was a strong name and no one would misspell it. He is 4 and can even spell it well." Nov. 23, 2005:
"I have a brother named Nicholas. Nobody pronounces it wrong and spelling isn't an issue. When he was in first grade, he wanted people to only call him Nicholas. Then he tried to write it, and he decided to be called Nick. lol" Aug. 12, 2005:
7 Negative Comments
"My names nicholas and I hate it. First of all my mom doesn't even like the name Nick so what was she thinking naming me nicholas. Everyone calls me nick, even adults and teachers. 2nd is it's way too popular! My high school soccer team has 7 nicks so we can never tell who the coach is taking to and it's rare to have a class without another nick" Nov. 23, 2013:
"My name is Nicholas and I hate it so much. It just sounds so snobby and upper-class and I hate it! That's why I prefer to be called Nick. All the adults and stuck-up snobs at school call me Nicholas which sets an example for everyone else to call me that. It makes me seem like a rich snob. I hate my name." Jun. 19, 2011:
"I love this name. and evryone around me knows it. This is why they predict that in the future, my husban will be called that, and all our kids too XD" Nov. 25, 2008:
"its like nick carraway from great gatsby
I HATE THAT BOOK" Nov. 9, 2008:
"Ugh. My ex's name was Nick. He was probably the most selfish, egocentric jerk in the history of selfish egocentric jerks." Sep. 5, 2008:
"because nick bersten has that name i dont liek it
x" Feb. 20, 2007:
"I just picture a meek little wussy bot when I hear this name. It's sort of on the same level as "Stewart" or "Timothy"" Jan. 26, 2007:
11 Neutral Comments
"this is my boyfriends name and I really do love it :) he is a very sweet man I love his name!" Sep. 24, 2011:
"The name Nicholas is the best! I named my son Nicholas and he hates it now at 12 years old. Some kids started calling him Nickelodeon and he hates it, but recently we were at the library and a young adult at the counter told my son that his name was Nicholas and that the name "takes you places". I think my son is still processing what this means lol. Nicholas is a strong name that translates to "manly". I'll never regret naming him Nicholas." Jun. 7, 2009:
"ohh yeah nick. thing i like about this name, it rhymes with everything. haha i hope to name my son this someday and call him Nick JR. haha" Feb. 14, 2008:
"omg my hot sexy son is named that omg my son is super hot" Oct. 18, 2007:
"I named my boy Nicholas back in 92. I love the name even now. When he was 10 he exclusively started going by "Nick" which I knew would probably happen.
The one thing I have noticed is that anyone else with the name of Nick or Nicholas seems to be a very busy boy with tons of energy and full of pranks and a bit of "devil" in them." Sep. 7, 2007:
"ITS PRETTY COOL IMEAN THERE AT LEAST WASNT AS MUCH PEOPLE HAVING MY NAME I WAS BORN IN THE 30S P.S. I LOVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE" Aug. 6, 2006:
"My husband and I really enjoyed Nick and Nora from the Thin Man movies from the 1930's and named our oldest son, born 1990, Nicholas. I had trouble when he was younger with people (both adults and other children) trying to call him Nicky. I just couldn't see him as an adult being called Nicky so we would just say that we preferred Nick. As a teenager, he's really happy we did." Jul. 3, 2006:
"i just named my new born son Nicholas. My wife and i named him 15years ago when we first got together. he has a twin sister Kira." Jun. 20, 2006:
"I have a friend called Nicholas, he has shortened his name to Nic, no K you notice, he wanted to be different ha ha!!" Jun. 19, 2006:
"Nicholas is one of my best friends.No one pronounces it wrong but sometimes spells it wrong.Though his name is a boys name Nicholas looks like a girl!" Jun. 11, 2006:
"I named my son Nicholas, but am frustrated when people call him Nicky. I really don't like Nicky as a nickname, I prefer Nicholas or Nick." Apr. 27, 2006:
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