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Origin, Meaning And History of Nico

The name Nico is short for Niccolo, an Italian name derived from the original Greek word Nicholas, which means ‘victory of the people.’ It could also be short for Dominico. Nico is also known to have an association with Nike, who is the Greek goddess of war and triumph. In Christianity, this name has been linked to Nicodemus in the Gospel of John and the kind and generous bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus). There are records of the name appearing even before this during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. A delegation sent by the Spartans to the Persian king asking for help had one delegate named Nikolaos.

However, one of the most noteworthy bearers of this name was the Polish astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus from the renaissance era. It was due to him and his work on the heliocentric model of the universe published in the book ‘On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres’ which led to the global rise of this name’s popularity.

Another historically significant person is Nikola Tesla, known for his futuristic contributions to the field of science and technology. This Serbian-American scientist, engineer, and inventor is the one who found the alternating current and the induction motor.

Nico is a unisex name popular across Italy, the USA, England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Hellenic Republic, Spain, and Holland. Nico is commonly pronounced as nee-koh, nee-so, neek-oh, nic-oh, and nigh-koh. This name is frequently used across the globe as a byname or short form of the names Nicolas, Nicolai, Nicola, Nichole, Nicole, Nicolaus, Niklaus, Nikos, Nicolo, Nicodemo, Nikolai, Nicolina, Nicolette, Nick, Nikita, Nikki, Domenico, and Dominic.

The fictional characters with the name Nico and its more elaborate forms include Nico de Angelo from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Minoru Nico from the Runaways series of Marvel Comics, Niklaus Michaelson from the famous Netflix series The Vampire Diaries and originals. Nico Blake is a character from the British soap opera Hollyoaks and the popular American TV series ‘Ugly Betty’ had a character called Nico Slater.


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Deity of success or triumph.
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Famous People With The Name Nico

  • Nico RosbergGerman formula one racer who won the 2016 world championship.
  • Nicolas CageAward winning American actor, director, and producer who has acted in movies like National Treasure, Ghost Rider
  • NicoGerman singer-songwriter with the band The Velvet Underground
  • Nico SchulzGerman professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team
  • Nico Cristian MirallegroBritish actor, best known for playing Barry “Newt” Newton in the soap opera Hollyoaks

Nico On The Popularity Chart

The name Nico, according to the US Social Security Administration graph, has gained gradual popularity over the years, with a steep rise after 2016. This marked rise in popularity has characterized the rise in its ranking too.

Popularity Over Time

This name gained popularity around 1987-88 with a significant rise in the count from ten to over three hundred babies per million being named Nico. After this initial surge, the popularity of the name was erratic but still on the rise until another surge in popularity between 2016 and 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Nico was ranked around 14000th in 1988 after which it gradually dropped to 21000 in 2008. However, the ranking of this name has increased gradually and stabilized at 17000 in the last thirteen odd years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Nico

The most common English pronunciation for Nico is nee-koh. However it is also pronounced as nigh-koh and nee-so in parts of the world. Here are a few names that sound the same.

Names With Similar Meaning As Nico

Nico has two meanings that are associated with the deity of success and the victory of people. Here are a few names that have the same meaning as Nico.

Name Numerology For Nico

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