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Nikola (Cyrillic: Никола) is a given name which, like Nicholas, is a version of the Greek Nikolaos (Νικόλαος). It is common as a masculine given name in the South Slavic countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), while in West Slavic countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia) it is primarily found as a feminine given name. There is a wide variety of male diminutives of the name, examples including: Niko, Nikolica, Nikolče, Nikša, Nikica, Nikulitsa, Nino, Kole, Kolyo, Kolyu.

Nikola
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PronunciationSerbo-Croatian: [nǐkola]
Gendermasculine (predominantly) and feminine
Language(s)Slavic
Origin
Word/nameGreek
Meaningvictory of the people (from Nikolaos)
Region of originEastern Europe
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Alternative spellingCyrillic: Никола
Nickname(s)Niko
DerivedNikolaos
Related namesMiklos, Mikołaj, Mikuláš, Nicholas, Nicola, Nicolas, Nikolaos, Nicolau, Nicolay, Niccolò, Nikolay, Nikolaj, Nick, Nico, Nicolina, Nicole
Popularitysee popular names

The spelling with K, Nikola, reflects romanization of the Cyrillic spelling, while Nicola reflects Italian usage.

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  • Serbia: male name. 5th most popular in 2011, 1st in 2001, 1st in 1991, 5th in 1981, 9th pre-1940.[1]
  • Croatia: male name. 32,304 (2011).[2]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: male name.
  • Bulgaria: male name.
  • R. Macedonia: male name.
  • Czech Republic: 22,567 females and 740 males (2002).
  • Poland: female name.
  • Slovakia: female name.

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  1. ^ Најчешћа имена и презимена (PDF) (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2011. pp. 96–97.
  2. ^ "Names and surnames in Republic of Croatia". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-08.