Nicander is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Nikandros meaning “victory of man”, made up of Ancient Greek elements nike νῑ́κη (victory) which seems to derive from a pre-Greek origin; and andros ἀνδρός (man), the genitive singular of aner ᾰ̓νήρ.

Origin: Pre-Greek, Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “victory of man”

Usage: Ancient Greek (Latinized)


  • Nikandros (Ancient Greek)
  • Nikander (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Nicandre (French)
  • Nikandr (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Nikanor (Ancient Greek, Russian)
  • Nicanor (Latinized Ancient Greek, Spanish)
  • Nicanore (Italian)
  • Nicandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

Female variants:

  • Nicandra (Italian)
  • Nicanora (Italian, Spanish, Galician)


Niko is a masculine name, the Finnish form of Nicholas which means “victory of the people” from Greek Nikolaos made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people) both of which derive from a PIE source.

Niko is also the Croatian and Slovene short form of Nikola, the Slavic (male) form of Nicholas. However, Niko can also be used as a short form of Nicholas (also spelled Nico) or its feminine forms Nicole and Nicolette, making it a unisex name.

Niko is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:


  • 仁 “benevolence, humanity, charity”
  • 二 “two”
  • “you, your thou, second person”
  • “day, sun, Japan”


  • “child”
  • “lake”
  • 胡 “barbarian, foreign”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji. Written in hiragana it’s にこ.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese

Meaning: “victory of the people”; also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used

Usage: Finnish, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian, German, English, Japanese



  • Nico (Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, English)