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Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

Posted by Johannes on 9 December 2008

Etymology of Claus

came from the Dutch Klaas, from Middle Dutch Niklaas, which derives from the Greek name Nikolas (or Nicholas) from Nikolaos. Nikolaos is a combination of two words, namely, Nike (victory) and Laos (people). So Nikolaos literally means victory of the people.

The real Saint Nicholas (Gr.: Ayios Nikolaos; Άγιος Νικόλαος) (15/Mar/270 – 6/Dec/346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (in Asia Minor). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.

In modern Greek
a) Nikolaos (shrt.: Nikos): Nicholas, Nick [Νικόλαος]
b) Nike: victory, nike [Νίκη]
c) Laos: people [Λαός]

Το όνομα Claus (όπως στο Santa Claus) προέρχεται από το Ολλανδικό Klaas, από το Niklaas, το οποίο προέρχεται από το Ελληνικό όνομα Νικόλαος.

Nikolaos (Νικόλαος) –> Nikolas –> Niklaas –> Klaas –> Claus

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One Response to “Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)”

  1. Klaas δεν είναι δανέζικο, μάλλον Dutch = ολλάνδικο (από τις Κάτω Χώρες). Στη Δανία, τον Νικόλαο λένε Niels ή Claus.

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