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What does Nuala mean?

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)

The only popular alternative form of Nuala (#unlisted) is Nola (#807 in 2014). These girl names were at the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.71%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.193%, down 72.8%), with Nola becoming less trendy. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nuala and affiliated names. (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.