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The name Nikolai can also be spelled in the Scandinavian languages Níkölaí.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2018
Nikolasha is a more intimate form of Nikolai, while Nika is a "babyish" version. Kolyan is a slang form used by male friends.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2017
Has to be my most favourite name of all time.
nikolaevna  4/29/2017
My favorite male name ever!:D.
Ambrosiard2  4/3/2016
I love this name :3 and Kolya would be a a cute nickname to me.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2016
Love this name haha. I really like Prince Nikolai of Denmark:3.
SH2237  7/21/2015
My son's name is Nicolai. When I first heard it I fell in love with the name, and automatically knew my first born son would be named Nicolai. I think it's a cute, and sweet baby name, and a hunky, masculine name for a man of age. I hope he doesn't use a nickname. I don't like the name Nick because I automatically think Nicholas, but I think a cute nickname would be Nico.
LadyyBragg88  3/4/2015
Shouldn't Nikolay be the main Russian form of Nicholas, with Nikolai being a variant transcription? I mean, all masculine Russian names that end in -й, are usually transcribed to a form that ends in -y... and this form ending in -y is then usually considered the main form (with forms ending in -i considered a variant transcription).

Just compare these names, for example:

- Aleksey (Алексей) is the main form, while Aleksei (Алексей) is a variant transcription;
- Anatoliy (Анатолий) is the main form, while Anatoli (Анатолий) is a variant transcription;
- Isay (Исай) is the main form, while Isai (Исай) is a variant transcription.

In other words:

* -ay is the main transcription of -ай
* -ey is the main transcription of -ей
* -iy is the main transcription of -ий

Then it stands to reason that Nikolay (Николай) should be the main Russian form of Nicholas, with Nikolai (Николай) considered as a variant transcription. Also note that just because Nikolai is the transcription that occurs most often in English, doesn't necessarily mean that it's the most correct transcription. [noted -ed]
Lucille  2/21/2013

In English, the name spelled Nikolay would be pronounced ni-ko-LAY (as in to lay down), which brings with it a more feminine impression. Nikolai comes more natural to English speakers, as the pronunciation would be closer to the Russian - ni-KO-lie (as in to say something untrue).

Although the transcription would match certain other names from Russian, we should consider them on a case-by-case basis.
Frmr Russian Student  1/22/2016
Nikolai Sokolov is a character in MGS3: Snake Eater.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Also used in Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish with name days in Finland on December 6 and in Norway on December 6.

A namesake is
Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, Prins til Danmark (Prince of Denmark), born: August 28th, 1999

Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway,
Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark,
Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland,
monikawirkkanen  1/13/2012
It's my name, and I really like it, but if you live in the US, I'd be careful about choosing this name for your child. Most people I meet are uncertain of both the pronunciation and the spelling - and outside of Russian speaking areas you may need to compromise with "NICK-o-lai" unless you want to spend a good bit of time coaching people. Even then, I once had a teacher who was still asking me about it after a month - and conversely, as I'm not a native Russian speaker, when speaking to those who are I sometimes feel like I'm being corrected on my pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2011
My newborn cousin was given this name and I find it absolutely adorable!
― Anonymous User  5/14/2011
My cousin is named Nicholas, but we all call him Nikolai. I think it's cool.
Chrila96  10/13/2010
I love this name, if I ever have a son I am naming him Nikolai, it just sounds so amazing.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2010
Nikolai Ardalionovich Ivolgin, who goes by Kolya, is a character in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Idiot. He befriends and greatly respects the main character, Prince Myshkin.
Athena Nike  4/4/2010
I love this name so much, even though it makes me think of the antichrist in those Left Behind books. Nevertheless, I would totally name my boy this.
slyboots  11/15/2009
Nikolai was borne by the last two tsars of Russia. It is also my middle name spelled in Russian. This is contrary to what some say a strictly masculine name, not a feminine name. It's a good name for a boy, and he can just go by Nick or Nicholas also. The name itself stems from the Greek words Nike and polis, and it means the "people's victory."
Arcticwarrior  8/17/2009
There is a Resident Evil character with this name but he spells it Nicholai.
Rachelgirl1989  7/28/2009
I prefer this name on a girl. It gives off that soft, sexy & mysterious vibe!
lkelly67  7/31/2008
Nikolai Gumilev, a Russian poet who was executed at age 35.
welovejamesarness  7/12/2008
Also used in Scandinavia.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2008
A famous bearer of this name (albeit a fictional one) was Zhivago's beloved uncle in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago. He's often refered to as Uncle Kolya or simply Kolya.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2008
Russian name days for Nikolai: 16 February; 13 March; 22 March; 22 May; 9 August; 27 October; and 19 December.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2007
I think Kole is a cute nickname for Nikolai.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2007
Nikolai - the kid Bean was friends with, who turned out to be his brother, in Orson Scott Card's book "Ender's Shadow."
― Anonymous User  3/28/2007
Nikolai is the prince's name in the book The Princess by Lori Wick.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2007
I love this name so much! It's a very strong sounding name, but really cool and friendly!
elysa  3/19/2007
Can also be spelt Nicholai, a famous bearer of this name is Nicholai Olivia Hilton, or Nicky Hilton.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
Nikolai Fraiture is in the Strokes. ;)
downinalbion  10/5/2006
In Denmark we have a prince named Nikolai. Son of prince Joachim.
elliebeth  5/8/2006
The name Nikolai has an enormous amount of sentimental connections to me. It's strong and masculine but in an unusual way. My friend and I joke that I'll name my first son Nikolai, but I said I will only if I marry a Russian guy. It was my long-departed iPod's name too.
bschoer10  4/21/2006
I adore this name, and really like the nickname Olai. It's so much better than boring old Nik.
dirtybeatles  3/16/2006

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