The history of the name Nicholas involves the patron saint of children (not to mention sailors and wolves—cool!) who would later become known as good ol' Santa Claus. It reached it's peak in popularity in the mid-90s and has been holding steady in the top 100 ever since. Nicholas is also a versatile name because of the many nicknames associated with it like Nick, Nicky, Klaus, Cole, and Nico.
How popular is Nicholas? Here's how many babies were named Nicholas over time, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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