Niko

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:

ni

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

ko

  • “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

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Variants:

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

Neon

Neon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “new” and is the name of several figures in Ancient Greece so it’s a name with a long history. The name comes from Ancient Greek néos νέος (young; youthful; new, fresh) which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

While Neon was used as a male name in Ancient Greece, in modern times it can be used for either gender.

Neon is also the name of a chemical element with the atomic number 10; it’s also used to refer to a neon lamp and neon signs, signs that use electric lights.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “new”

Usage: Ancient Greek, English

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Variants:

  • Neo (Latin, English)