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Meaning and Name Origin

Nuala \nu(a)-la\ as a girls' name. Short form of Fionnula (Irish, Gaelic) "white shoulder". Irish writer Nuala O'Faolain.


Nuala has 4 variants: Nola, Noola, Nualla and Nula.

Nuala has 7 more related variations via Fionnula: Fenella, Finella, Finola, Finuala, Fionnuala, Fionnualagh and Fionola.


Nuala is an uncommonly occurring first name for women. Nuala is an equally unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nuala and affiliated names. The only popular alternative form of Nuala (#unlisted) is Nola (#807 in 2014). This girl name was at the height of its popularity during the years 1890-1899 and is now much less popular, with the version Nola becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Nuala is pronounced similarly to Naila, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neila, Nela, Nella, Neola, Nila, Noela, Nowla and Nyla. Another suggested similar baby name is Neale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nuala.