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Nolan

First Name
89k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
46k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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 196 0 196
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 213 0 213
1953 189 0 189
1954 206 0 206
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 200 0 200
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 258 0 258
1979 262 0 262
1980 329 0 329
1981 395 0 395
1982 423 0 423
1983 454 6 448
1984 519 0 519
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 3,159 10 3,149
2009 3,444 9 3,435
2010 3,698 12 3,686
2011 4,182 16 4,166 #92 boy name
2012 4,435 11 4,424 #89 boy name
2013 4,755 14 4,741 #86 boy name
2014 5,220 20 5,200 #81 boy name
2015 5,749 18 5,731 #71 boy name
2016 5,638 23 5,615 #65 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
  • Wright

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

  • How Popular is the name Nolan? Nolan is the 688th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Nolan was the 65th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 88,947 babies born with the first name Nolan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nolan to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • 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 5,731 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nolan!
  • Random Nolan Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nolan ranks 44th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 33 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 2014.
  • 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 Lanon. 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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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