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Origin: Italy
Region Origin: Southern Europe

Nicola, or Nichola, is a Latinized version of the Greek personal name Nikolaos (Νικόλαος), derived from the words "nikē" meaning "victory" and "laos" meaning "people". The name has a dual meaning, implying both "victory of the people" and "people's victory". Nicola can be used as both a male and female name, depending on cultural norms. The name has its origins in Greek and Italian cultures. In the Middle Ages, it was a popular male name among the Italian nobility. Nicola is the feminine variant of the name Nicholas and is derived from the Greek elements "nike" (victory) and "laos" (people). The name has been used as a female name since at least 1150, as seen in the case of Lady Nicola de la Haie from the British Isles and Scandinavia. There are several variations of the name in different languages and cultures, such as Nikola in Slavic languages, Nicholas in English, and Nicoletta in Italian.

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