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Meaning and Name Origin

Nola \n(o)-la\ as a girls' name is pronounced NO-lah. Variant short form of Fionnula (Irish, Gaelic) "white shoulder". Not related to Nolan.


Nola has 1 variant: Nowla.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Magnolia and Nuala.

Nola has 16 more related forms via Fionnula, Nolan: Fenella, Finella, Finola, Finuala, Fionnuala, Fionnualagh, Fionola, Nolana, Noland, Nolanda, Nolen, Nolene, Nolin, Nollan, Nolynn and Nuala.


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 (#33166 out of 88799, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Nola for girls. Nola reached its highest position of #290 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #807 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nola name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Nola and corresponding names. Magnolia (#831 in 2014) is the only other popular alternative form of Nola (#807 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during the years 1910-1919 and has become significantly lower since, with the forms Nola and Magnolia becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Magnolia, Nola 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, Nalea, Neala, Neila, Nela, Nelia, Nella, Neola, Nila, Noela, Noella, Noola, Nula, Nyla and Nylah. Other suggested similar baby names are Dola, Iola, Jola, Lola, Nel, Nell, Noa, Noel, Noele, Noell, Nona, Nora, Nova, Pola, Tola, Yola and Zola. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nola.