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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, North 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.

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

Statistics

  • 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.
  • North Macedonia: male name.
  • Czech Republic: 22,567 females and 740 males (2002).
  • Poland: female name.
  • Slovakia: female name.

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References

  1. ^ Најчешћа имена и презимена (PDF) (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2011. pp. 96–97.