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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nolan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Nolan

"Nolan" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Descendant of the famous one". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Anglicized from Irish Gaelic Ó Nualláin "descendant of Nuallán", diminutive of nuall (“chariot-fighter, champion”).

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname.

Notable Persons Named Nolan

Nolan North is an actor and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. Nolan was given the name Nolan Ramsey North on October 31st, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

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Nolan Gould is an actor. Nolan was born on October 28th, 1998 in New York City.

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Nolan Ryan is a baseball player. Nolan was born on January 31st, 1947 in Refugio, Texas.

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Nolan Bushnell is a scientist in the fields of electrical engineering and entrepreneurship. Nolan was given the name Nolan Kay Bushnell on February 5th, 1943 in Clearfield, Utah.

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Nolan Patrick is a hockey player for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League. Nolan was born on September 19th, 1998 in Winnipeg.

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Nolan Gerard Funk is an actor and singer. He has been prominent since 2001. Nolan was born on July 28th, 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nolan

Christopher Nolan is a filmmaking and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Christopher was given the name Christopher Edward Nolan on July 30th, 1970 in London.

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Jonathan Nolan is a writer. His ongoing career started in 1998. Jonathan was born in London, England, United Kingdom.

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Katie Nolan is a presenter, internet celebrity, television host, and internet personality. Katie was given the name Katherine Beth Nolan on January 28th, 1987 in Boston.

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Kevin Nolan is a soccer player for the Leyton Orient F.C., Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves, Academy, Bolton Wanderers F.C., Newcastle United F.C., West Ham United F.C., and England national under-21 football team. Kevin was born on June 24th, 1982 in Liverpool, England.

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John Nolan is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to 1968. John was born John Nolan on May 22nd, 1938 in London.

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Coleen Nolan is a singer, author, and television presenter. She was most prominent from 1974 to present. Coleen was given the name Coleen Patricia Nolan on March 12th, 1965 in Blackpool.

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How popular is the baby name Nolan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 0 5
1884 7 0 7
1886 5 0 5
1887 9 0 9
1889 5 0 5
1892 10 0 10
1893 9 0 9
1894 12 0 12
1895 8 0 8
1896 9 0 9
1897 12 0 12
1898 5 0 5
1899 10 0 10
1900 16 0 16
1901 11 0 11
1902 15 0 15
1903 10 0 10
1904 18 0 18
1905 17 0 17
1906 20 0 20
1907 23 0 23
1908 16 0 16
1909 28 0 28
1910 31 0 31
1911 37 5 32
1912 62 0 62
1913 90 0 90
1914 108 0 108
1915 118 0 118
1916 157 7 150
1917 149 0 149
1918 132 0 132
1919 149 0 149
1920 157 0 157
1921 191 0 191
1922 183 0 183
1923 177 0 177
1924 164 0 164
1925 161 0 161
1926 173 5 168
1927 174 0 174
1928 157 0 157
1929 142 0 142
1930 180 0 180
1931 156 0 156
1932 190 0 190
1933 167 0 167
1934 188 0 188
1935 188 0 188
1936 166 0 166
1937 183 0 183
1938 197 0 197
1939 205 0 205
1940 222 0 222
1941 175 0 175
1942 192 0 192
1943 207 0 207
1944 206 0 206
1945 179 5 174
1946 193 0 193
1947 198 0 198
1948 218 0 218
1949 219 0 219
1950 215 0 215
1951 189 0 189
1952 214 0 214
1953 190 0 190
1954 205 0 205
1955 198 0 198
1956 198 0 198
1957 184 0 184
1958 182 0 182
1959 185 0 185
1960 165 0 165
1961 165 0 165
1962 142 0 142
1963 156 0 156
1964 164 0 164
1965 112 0 112
1966 161 0 161
1967 126 0 126
1968 146 0 146
1969 158 0 158
1970 180 0 180
1971 199 0 199
1972 146 0 146
1973 175 0 175
1974 167 0 167
1975 201 0 201
1976 203 0 203
1977 218 0 218
1978 257 0 257
1979 262 0 262
1980 330 0 330
1981 395 0 395
1982 423 0 423
1983 454 6 448
1984 520 0 520
1985 489 10 479
1986 487 8 479
1987 481 0 481
1988 516 7 509
1989 617 0 617
1990 851 6 845
1991 1,062 7 1,055
1992 1,163 0 1,163
1993 1,144 0 1,144
1994 1,117 5 1,112
1995 1,066 0 1,066
1996 1,113 7 1,106
1997 1,316 5 1,311
1998 1,364 0 1,364
1999 1,623 0 1,623
2000 2,027 0 2,027
2001 2,099 7 2,092
2002 2,240 8 2,232
2003 2,226 10 2,216
2004 2,507 19 2,488
2005 2,724 7 2,717
2006 2,846 8 2,838
2007 3,185 15 3,170
2008 3,160 10 3,150
2009 3,445 9 3,436
2010 3,699 12 3,687
2011 4,183 16 4,167 #92 boy name
2012 4,435 11 4,424 #89 boy name
2013 4,755 14 4,741 #86 boy name
2014 5,221 20 5,201 #81 boy name
2015 5,752 18 5,734 #71 boy name
2016 5,648 23 5,625 #66 boy name
2017 5,403 28 5,375 #67 boy name

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Popularity of Nolan as a first name

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Popularity of Nolan as a last name

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Common last names for Nolan

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Walker
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Wilson
  • Adams
  • Anderson
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nolan U.S.
  White 86.85% 64.26%
  African American 7.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.91% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nolan

People with the last name Nolan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Nolan

  • What name lists does Nolan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Nolan? Nolan is the 670th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Nolan was the 67th most popular name. As a last name Nolan was the 754th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nolan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 94,370 babies born with the first name Nolan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nolan to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nolan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Nolan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nolan is Monday, March 3rd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Nolan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nolan was in 2015 with a total of 5,734 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nolan!
  • Random Nolan Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nolan ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 72 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Nolan: Your name in reverse order is Nalon. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nlano. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nolan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 46,054 people with the last name Nolan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nolan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Nolan as their last name.

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