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Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Nicholas is a male given name of Greek origin, meaning "victory of the people". It is derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, which is a combination of two Greek words: "nike," meaning victory, and "laos," meaning people. The name has been widely used in countries with significant Christian populations, primarily due to the veneration of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia, is revered as a saint in many Christian denominations, and his feast day, Saint Nicholas Day, is celebrated on December 6 by the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican Churches. He is the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, Greece, and Russia, and his legendary deeds include saving the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. The name Nicholas has been borne by five popes and two czars of Russia, and it has been common in England since the 12th century, although its popularity waned somewhat after the Protestant Reformation.

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