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Nicanor was one of the middle names of Jack Hemingway (1923-2000), the eldest son of the renowned American author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).
Lucille  7/8/2019
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This should be a dithematic name, not a monothematic name. The first element is the Greek noun νίκη (nike) meaning "victory", whilst the second element is the Greek noun ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man". The latter word usually becomes -άνωρ (-anor) and -ήνωρ (-enor) when it is the second element in both words and given names. [noted -ed] You can see this very well here:

* List of terms derived from ἀνήρ (aner): https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BC%80%CE%BD%CE%AE%CF%81#Derived_terms (in English; click on "show more")
* Meaning of words ending in -νωρ (-nor): http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/resolveform?type=end&lookup=nwr&lang=greek (in English; select 'Latin transliteration' at "Greek Display" in the display preferences)

Also, a variant of this name is Νικήνωρ (Nikenor), which seems to have been significantly less common, hence the lack of notable historical bearers. Compare the information available about these names at the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names:

* Nikanor (529 results): http://clas-lgpn2.classics.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/lgpn_search.cgi?namenoaccents=%CE%9D%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%89%CF%81 (in English)
* Nikenor (17 results): http://clas-lgpn2.classics.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/lgpn_search.cgi?namenoaccents=%CE%9D%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%BD%CF%89%CF%81 (in English)

Lastly, here are some sources with etymological information:

- see the entries for Nikanor and Nikenor at Pavlos' Etymologica: http://web.archive.org/web/20120325073636/http://www.etymologica.com/page18.htm (in English)
- https://onomast.com/name/47926/Nicanor (in English; copy and paste the link in a separate tab)
- http://kurufin.ru/html/Rus_names/rus_n.html (in Russian; scroll down until you see "Nicanor" in one of the columns on the right)
- http://kurufin.ru/html/Translate/Nikanor.html (in Russian)
Lucille  7/8/2019
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Also used amongst Hebrews in the post-exhilic period.
LMS  10/17/2014
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Nicanor Parra, famous Chilean poet.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2011

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