Nicholas (plural Nicholases)
- A male given name from Ancient Greek. Best known for St. Nicholas of Myre, on whom Father Christmas is based.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas’ clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
- 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter LIII, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume III, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book V (The Dead Hand), page 182:
- I must call you Nick—we always did call you young Nick when we knew you meant to marry the old widow. Some said you had a handsome family likeness to old Nick, but that was your mother's fault, calling you Nicholas. Aren't you glad to see me again?
- A patronymic surname.
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