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Meaning of the name Nikolai

[ 3 syll. ni-ko-lai, nik-ol-ai ] The baby boy name Nikolai is pronounced in Russian as NiyKaaLAY †. Nikolai has its origins in the Old Greek language. It is used largely in Estonian and Russian.

In addition, Nikolai is a spelling variant (Estonian and Russian) of Nikolaj (Russian) and a variation (Estonian and Russian) of Nicholas (English and French).

Variations of Nikolai include Niccolai, Nicolai, Nikkolai, Nikolais, Nikolajs, Nikolay, Nikoli, Nikolia, and Nikula. The origin and meaning of Nikolai is inherited by all variant forms. The familiar forms Kolja (Russian), Kolya (Russian), and Nil (Russian) are other variants of the name.

Nikolai is rather popular as a baby boy name, and it is also perceived as trendy. The name's popularity has been growing since the 2000s; before that, it was of only very modest use. Its usage peaked recently in 2012 with 0.021% of baby boys being named Nikolai. It was #607 in rank then. In 2012, among the family of boy names directly related to Nikolai, Nicholas was the most regularly used. It was 18 times more widely used than Nikolai in that year.

Baby names that sound like Nikolai include Nakula, Nangila, Nangilah, Nangyla, Nangylah, Niccolai, Niccolo, Niccolò, Nichola, Nicholai, Nicholas, Nickola, Nicola, Nicolae, Nicolai, Nicolao, Nicolas, Nicolau, Nicolay, and Nicoli.

† Pronunciation for Nikolai: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)"

Details of famous persons named Nikolai:
Novelist Nikolai Gogol, born 31 March 1809 - 4 March 1852, Sorochyntsi, Russian Empire.
Russian Czar Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov (Czar Nicholas II), born 6 May 1868 - 16 July 1918.

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