Derived from the Greek Nikolaos (victory of the people), a compounding of the elements nike (victory), and laos (the people). The name was borne by St. Nicholas.
St Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution.
He is also known as Santa Claus (from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents.
He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, and Greece and Russia.
Nicholas was also the name of two czars of Russia and five popes.
The name Nicholas means ‘victory of the people’