🔼The name Nicolas in the Bible
The name Nicolas occurs only once in the Bible. He was from Antioch, a proselyte (a convert to Judaism) and was chosen together with six others to distribute food more fairly among the early Christian congregation in Jerusalem (Acts 6:5). Two more famous members of this group of seven were Stephen and Philip.
The name Nicolas is also connected to the sect of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6 and 2:15), which was based either on the preachings of a man named Nicolas, or it propagated ideas that were in tune with the meaning of the name Nicolas.
🔼Etymology of the name Nicolas
The name Nicolas consists of two elements. The first part comes from the familiar noun νικη (nike), meaning victory:
The second part of the name Nicolas comes from the noun λαος (laos), meaning (common) people:
For a meaning of the name Nicolas, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Spiros Zodhiates (The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary) read Victor Over The People. Some commentators see a link between this name and the name Balaam, which may mean Destroyer Of The People and may denote a destructive demagogue (Revelation 2:14).