🔼The name Nicanor in the Bible
The name Nicanor occurs only once in the Bible. It belongs to one of the seven men selected to wait on the tables of the Greek members of the early church (Acts 6:5).
For some reason the Hebrews and the Hellenistic Jews were seated separately, and the widows of the Greeks didn't get anything. The reason for this was that the twelve rather dispensed the Word than to worry about the distribution of food (Acts 6:2).
The twelve disciples told the Greeks to select among them men full of the Spirit and wisdom (and the reader may wonder whether the disciples were being facetious) so that they could understand where the bananas went. One of the waiters was the famous Stephen, who would be martyred. Another one was Nicanor.
🔼Etymology of the name Nicanor
The etymology of the name Nicanor is not very well understood, but it has been proposed that it is a relatively modern contraction of the much older name Nicandor, and Nicandor is a compound of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the noun νικη (nike), meaning victory:
The second part of Nicandor and thus probably also of Nicanor, is the familiar noun ανδρος (andros), the genitive form of the word ανηρ (aner), meaning man:
The name Nicanor would literally mean Man Of Victory. For a meaning of the name Nicanor, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Victorious and Spiros Zodhiates (The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary) proposes Conqueror.