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What does Nola mean?

Nola Pronunciation of Nola [no-la] as a girls' name is pronounced NO-lah. Short form of Fionnula (Irish, Gaelic) "white shoulder". Not related to Nolan.

Associated with: white.


Nola has 1 variant: Nowla.

Affiliated girl names: Magnolia and Nuala.

10 more related forms via Fionnula, Nolan: Finola, Nolana, Noland, Nolanda, Nolen, Nolene, Nolin, Nollan, Nolynn and Nuala.

Creative forms:
(female) Nala, Norla, ..

(male) Noall, Nonai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nola Courtney (N.C.), ..

How popular is Nola?

Nola is a very popular first name for females (#724 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#31738 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Nola reached its highest position of #289 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is at #767 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nola name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nola outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Magnolia (#633 in recent rankings) is the only other popular alternative form of Nola (#767 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Nola reached its highest during 1900-1909 (adoption of 0.05%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.04%, 26% less). Magnolia is the most chic name for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nola, Magnolia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nola and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nola is alike in pronunciation to Naila, Nailah, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neely, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Nelia, Nella, Nelli, Nelly, Neola, Nila, Noela, Noella, Noola, Nualla, Nula, Nyla and Nylah. Other suggested similar names are Adola, Dela, Dola, Enola, Erla, Eula, Ila, Iola, Isla, Jola, Lela, Lila, Loela, Lola, Lolla, Lyla, Nacola (see Nicola), Nata, Nel, Nell, Neoma, Nerola, Neva, Nia, Nika, Nikola, Nina, Nira, Noa, Noel, Noele, Noell, Nona, Nonah, Nonna, Nora, Norah, Nore, Norna, Nova, Ola, Orla, Paola, Pola, Tola, Tyla, Ula, Yola, Yula, Zila and Zola. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nola.

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