Nikolai

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nikolai

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     Scandinavian
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  1. A city in Alaska.
  2. A transliteration of the Russian male given name Николай (Nikolaj, “Nicholas”).

Nikolai was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Nikolai

Nikolai Yezhov was a Candidate member of the 17th Politburo, Member of the 17th Secretariat, Candidate member of the17th Politburo, and Member of the17th Secretariat. Nikolai was born on May 1st, 1895 in Saint Petersburg. He breathed his last breath on February 4th, 1940.

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Nikolai Gogol was a writer. His ongoing career started in 1840. Nikolai was given the name Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol on March 31st, 1809 in Sorochyntsi, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire. He died on March 4th, 1852.

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Nikolai Bukharin was a Full member of the 13th , 14th , 15th Politburo, Candidate member of the 8th , 9th , 10th , 11th , 12th Politburo, Full member of the13th , 15th Politburo, Candidate member of the8th , and 12th Politburo. Nikolai was born on October 9th, 1888 in Moscow. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 1938.

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Nikolai Volkoff is a wrestler. Nikolai was born on October 14th, 1947 in Socialist Republic of Croatia.

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Nikolai Bulganin was a Chairman of the Council of Ministers, First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Russian SFSR, Full member of the 18th , 19th , 20th Politburo, Candidate member of the 18th Politburo, Member of t. His military service ended in 1949. Nikolai was born on June 11th, 1895 in Nizhny Novgorod. He died on February 24th, 1975.

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Nikolai Fraiture is an indie rock, garage rock, post-punk revival, and new wave music musician. He plays Fender Jazz Bass. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Nikolai was given the name Nikolai Philippe Fraiture on November 13th, 1978 in New York City, New York, U.S. Nikolai is also known as Nickel Eye.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nikolai

Prince Nikolai is royalty. He holds the title Count of Monpezat. Prince was born as the child of Prince Joachim of Denmark, Alexandra, and Countess of Frederiksborg on August 28th, 1999 in Rigshospitalet.

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Alexi Nikolai is a comics character.

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How popular is the baby name Nikolai in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1960 6 0 6
1961 5 0 5
1962 5 0 5
1964 8 0 8
1965 8 0 8
1966 5 0 5
1969 15 0 15
1970 10 0 10
1971 12 0 12
1972 16 0 16
1973 12 0 12
1974 21 0 21
1975 31 0 31
1976 32 0 32
1977 24 0 24
1978 16 0 16
1979 28 0 28
1980 26 0 26
1981 24 0 24
1982 21 0 21
1983 18 0 18
1984 27 0 27
1985 32 0 32
1986 29 0 29
1987 31 0 31
1988 36 0 36
1989 45 0 45
1990 52 0 52
1991 65 0 65
1992 62 0 62
1993 63 0 63
1994 76 0 76
1995 68 0 68
1996 82 0 82
1997 76 0 76
1998 94 0 94
1999 95 0 95
2000 80 0 80
2001 108 0 108
2002 116 0 116
2003 124 0 124
2004 141 0 141
2005 162 0 162
2006 163 0 163
2007 208 0 208
2008 231 0 231
2009 297 0 297
2010 313 0 313
2011 365 0 365
2012 419 0 419
2013 434 0 434
2014 515 0 515
2015 626 0 626
2016 638 0 638
2017 571 0 571
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Nikolai as a first name

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Popularity of Nikolai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nikolai U.S.
  White 91.31% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.57% 16.26%

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People with the last name Nikolai are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Nikolai

  • How Popular is the name Nikolai? Nikolai is the 3,143rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Nikolai was the 32,710th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nikolai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,787 babies born with the first name Nikolai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nikolai to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nikolai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1960 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Nikolai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nikolai is Sunday, May 9th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Nikolai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nikolai was in 2016 with a total of 638 babies.
  • Random Nikolai Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nikolai is not a popular baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, only 12 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Nikolai: Your name in reverse order is Ialokin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iioanlk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nikolai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 702 people with the last name Nikolai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nikolai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nikolai as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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