Usage: Nikita is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Nikita are in general originating from France, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Nikita across the world, see Nika.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 1.
The name Nikita is ranked on the 1,162nd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 436300 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.006% of the population.
The name Nikita has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Nikita for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Nikita (Никита, Russian pronunciation: [nʲɪˈkʲitə]) is a Russian masculine name. The Ukrainian and Belarusian variant are Микита Mykyta ([mɪkɪtɑ]), and Мікіта Mikita ([mʲikʲita]), respectively (but Нiкiта Nikita is also in use in both countries). The Romanian variant is Nichita.
The name is derived from the Greek Niketas (Νικήτας, meaning “victor”). The Greek name entered Slavic onomastics due to the veneration of Saint Nicetas the Goth (died 372) in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Since the later 20th century, the name Nikita was also adopted as a feminine name in some countries such as France but remains strictly masculine in Russia and other countries of eastern Europe. This development was presumably inspired by Elton John’s song Nikita (its music video portrayed a female Russian border guard, presumably the Nikita of the song) and the French film Nikita.
There is also an unrelated Indian feminine name Niketā निकेता, Nikitā निकिता, from a Sanskrit word nikita निकेत, niketana निकेतन meaning “house, habitation; temple”.
Russian: from the Greek name Anikētos ‘unconquered, unconquerable’ (from the negative prefix a- + nikān to conquer). This was the name of an early pope (c.152–60); he was a Syrian by descent and is particularly honoured in the Eastern Church.
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