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Nicholas (plural Nicholases)
- A male given name. Best known for St. Nicholas of Myre, on whom Father Christmas is based.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas' clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
- 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 53
- I must call you Nick - we always did call you young Nick when we knew you meant to marry the old widow. Some said you had a handsome family likeness to old Nick, but that was your mother's fault, calling you Nicholas. Aren't you glad to see me again?
- A patronymic surname.
- Santa Claus
- male given names: Colin, Claus, Klaus, Nichol, Nicol
- pet forms: Nick, Nicky, Nico, Kolya
- female given names: Colette, Nicola, Nicole, Nicki, Nikki
male given name