a masculine name: dim. Nick; equiv. L. Nicolaus, Fr. & Sp. Nicolas, Ger. Nikolaus, It. Niccolo, Russ. Nikolai
Origin of NicholasMiddle English ; from Old French Nicolas ; from Classical Latin Nicolaus ; from Classical Greek Nikolaos ; from nik?, victory + laos, the people
, Saint Fourth century AD.
Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor who is often associated with Santa Claus and the custom of gift giving at Christmas.