Nicola (name)

Nicola or Nichola is a Latinised version of the Greek personal name Nikolaos (Νικόλαος), derived from the nikē meaning "victory", and laos meaning "people", therefore implying the meaning "victory of the people". Nicola is both a female and a male name, depending on cultural norms.

Nicola was a frequently given male personal name among the traditional Italian nobility, and was used often in the Middle Ages.[1] The spelling Nikola is widely used in Slavic language speaking areas, reflecting the transliteration of the Cyrillic spelling Никола. The English form of the same name is Nicholas, with Nicolas common in French and Spanish-speaking countries, and Nicolau in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Nicola has been used as a female name since at least 1150 (the birth date of Lady Nicola de la Haie) and continues as a contemporary female name in Germany, the British Isles and Scandinavia. Less commonly, the name is spelled "Nichola" or "Nickola". There are suggestions the feminization of the name came from incorrectly presuming the name's vowel ending "a" was the female form. The female form of Nicola in Italian is Nicoletta. Other forms of the female name in other languages include Nicole or Nicolette in French, Nikolett or Nikoletta in Hungarian, Νικολέττα or Νίκη in Greek.

The Roman equivalent to Nicola stems from Victoria, meaning victory, and is Victoria in the female form, or Victor in the male form.

Name daysEdit

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

Given name: NicolaEdit



Given name: NicholaEdit


  • 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
  • James C. Nicola, American theatre director
  • 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 alsoEdit


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