[ 2 syll. ni-co-le, nic-ole ] The baby girl name Nicole is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced Nih-KOWL in English or Niy-KOWL in French †. Nicole has its origins in the Old Greek language. It is used largely in English, French, and German. Nicole is a form of the English, German, and Italian Nicola.
The shortenings Nic (English) and Nico (English), the diminutives Cole (English), Coley (English), Nettie (English), Nicky (English), Nickye (English), Nicolette (English and French), Niki (German and Greek), Nikia (English), Nikita (English, French, and Russian), and Nikki (English), and the spelling variants Necole (English), Nichol (English), Nichole (English, French, and German), Nicholle (English), Nickol (English), Nickole (English), Nicol (English and German), Nicolle (English), Nikol (English), Nikole (English), Niquole (English), and Nykole (English) are forms of the name.
See also the related form, the English and French Nichelle.
Nicole is popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1980s. At the height of its usage in 1983, 1.252% of baby girls were named Nicole. It had a ranking of #7 then. The baby name has seen a substantial decline in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #218 with a usage of only 0.077%, but it was nevertheless the most frequently used within all girl names in its family. Nicole has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 187 times more baby girls than boys who were named Nicole in 1989.
Baby names that sound like Nicole include Nekoel, Niccole, Nikkole, Nikole, Nykole, Najla, Nawall, Nawalle, Nechel, Necole, Nichele, Nichell, Nichelle, Nichole, Nicholle, Nickol, Nickole, Nicolle, Nikel, and Nikelle.
† Pronunciation for Nicole: 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)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Nicole:
Actress Nicole Kidman, born 20 June 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Actress Evangeline Lilly, born Nicole Evangeline Lilly 3 August 1979, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.
TV Personality Nicole Richie, born 21 September 1981, Berkeley, California.