[ 3 syll. ni-co-la, nic-ola ] The baby girl name Nicola is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced as NIHK-ow-Laa- †. Nicola's language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in English, German, and Italian. The name Nicola means 'victor of the people'. It is derived from niko which means 'victor' ; nike 'victory' ; laos 'people'. The name developed as a Latinate feminine form of Nicholas. It has been in use among English speakers since the 12th century. Aucassin et Nicolette was a medieval romance in which the titular name was borne by a disguised captive princess. Nicola is the feminine version of the English and French Nicholas.
The name Nicola is widely used; it has 67 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Cole, Colette (also used in French), Coley, Collete, Colletta, Collette, Cosette, Lacole, Nacola, Necola, Necole, Nekoel, Nekola, Nettie, Nic, Nicala, Niccole, Nichala, Nichol, Nichola, Nichole (also used in French and German), Nicholina, Nicholle, Nickol, Nickole, Nickye, Nico, Nicol (also used in German), Nicolah, and Nicolasa. Other English forms include the shortening Nick, the diminutives Nicki (also used in German), Nickie, Nicky, Nicolina (also used in Italian), and Nikki, and the spelling variant Nickola.
Forms used in foreign languages include Caline (French), Coletta (Italian), Nichele (French), Nichelle (French), Nicia (Italian), Nikola (German), Nikolina (Slavic), and Nilsa (Scandinavian). The diminutives Nicoletta (Italian) and Niki (German and Greek), and the spelling variant Niccola (Italian) are other foreign forms.
Nicola is an unusual baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1972 with 0.011% of baby girls being named Nicola. It had a ranking of #761 then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is currently of only sporadic use. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Nicola, Nicole was the most commonly used. In the last century Nicola has mainly been a baby girl name.
Baby names that sound like Nicola include Nichola, Nachell, Najila, Nashalee, Nashaleigh, Nashaley, Nashali, Nashalie, Nashaly, Necahual, Niccola, Nicolah, Nicoli, Nigella, Nikola, Najla, Nawall, Nawalle, Nechel, and Necole.
† Pronunciation for Nicola: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"