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The surname Nicola was a patronymic name created from the personal name Nicola, or Nicholas. The Italian name Nicola is itself derived from the Latin Nicolaus, and ultimately the Greek Nikolaos, which is composed of the elements "nikan," which means "to win," and "laos," meaning "people." As a personal name, versions of this name are found throughout Europe due to devotion to several saints who bore the name, especially Saint Nicholas. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. In Italy the popularity of the patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures.

Early Origins of the Nicola family

The surname Nicola was first found in the historically rich region of Venice. The surname Nicola has its origins in the city of Verona, which lies about halfway between Venice and Milan, in the region of Veneto.

The Nichesola family in 1162 was part of the nobility of Verona, and maintained their status in the noble council until 1406 when the title was taken away. The title was renewed, with apologies from the court, four hundred years later. The Nicola family in Venice in the 12th century was one of the most ancient and most noble families in the city at the time.

In 1184 Marco Nicola was given the title of Bishop of the Castle and contributed to the beauty of the city by having erected the church and monastery of St. Andrea.

Early History of the Nicola family

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Nicola Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DeNicola, Niccola, Niccolai, Niccoli, Niccolini, Niccolo, Niccolucci, Nicola, Nicolai, Nicolao, Nicolato, Nicolella, Nicoletti, Nicoli, Nicolicchia, Nicolich, Nicolini, Nicolli, Nicolo, Nicolodi, Nicolucci, Nicolussi, Nicora, Nicorelli, Nicorini, Nichesola and many more.

Early Notables of the Nicola family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Niccolò de' Niccoli (1364-1437) was an Italian Renaissance humanist who was born and died in Florence. Giovanni Nicola, was an Archbishop in the 15th century in Amalfi, who later became the Archbishop of Verdun and the patriarch of Athens. In Pisa in the 16th century Agnolo Niccolini was created Archbishop and then Cardinal of the S. R. Church in 1563. The Nichelli family played an important role in the development of the famous Venetian glassware. They were official citizens of Murano, an island of Venice which, along with its sister island Burano, is famous today...
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Nicola Ranking

In the United States, the name Nicola is the 15,394th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Nicola migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nicola Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ludwig Nicola, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
Nicola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dn Nicola, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1820 [2]
  • Guan Nicola, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1854 [2]
  • Gavini Nicola, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1858 [2]
  • Jose Maria Nicola, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1868 [2]
  • Gaetano Nicola, age 41, who arrived in America on June 7, 1880, aboard the "Victoria"
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Contemporary Notables of the name Nicola (post 1700) +

  • Annabel Nicola Croft (b. 1966), English former professional British No. 1 female tennis player and current radio and television presenter from Farnborough, Kent
  • Carlo Nicola Pagani (b. 1977), Italian football defender
  • Nicola Sturgeon (b. 1970), Scottish politician, Leader of the Scottish National Party (2007-2014), First Minister of Scotland (2014-2023)
  • Nicola Molè (1931-2023), Italian lawyer and politician, member of the Social Christians and the Democrats of the Left, he served as president of the Province of Terni from 1995 to 1999
  • Nicola Zamboni (1943-2023), Italian sculptor, born in Bologna
  • Miss Nicola Benedetti C.B.E., M.B.E. (b. 1987), born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland, Scottish Classical Violinist and Musician, the first Scot and the first woman to lead the Edinburgh International Festival (2023) since it began in 1947 [3]
  • Nicola Materazzi (1939-2022), Italian mechanical engineer who developed several sports and racing cars, including the Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari F40, Bugatti EB110 and B Engineering Edonis
  • Nicola Mary Coughlan (b. 1987), Irish actress, known for her roles as Clare Devlin in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls (2018–2022) and Penelope Featherington in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton (2020–present)
  • Nicola J Kalk, British Clinical Lecturer, King's College London
  • Nicola Geuer (b. 1988), German former tennis player

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook