About Nonna / Johanna
Saint Nicholas was the only son of wealthy Christian parents named Epiphanus and Johanna, or according to the Orthodox, Theophanes and Nona.
Nona and her husband Theophanes were blessed financially and had everything they wanted, except a child. She prayed. Like Hannah in the First Book of Samuel in the Bible, she poured out her soul to God, asking him to remember her.
It must have seemed like a miracle when late in life, after so many hopes and tears, Nona's prayer was answered around the year A.D. 260 with the birth of a son. She surely recalled how Hannah, who was finally blessed with the boy Samuel, had vowed to "give him unto the Lord all the days of his life" (1 Samuel 1:11 KJV).
Being devout to the Lord, Nona promised to raise her son Nicholas to be devout to God, to be kind to people and to love his neighbor.
They christened the baby Nicholas, a name that in Greek means "people's victor," after an uncle who was an abbot at a nearby monastery.