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What does Nolan mean?

Nolan Pronunciation of Nolan [nolan] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Nolan) is pronounced NOH-lan. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Nolan is "champion". From Nuallan. Also possibly from Uallach (Gaelic) "proud one". Surname used as given name. Baseball celebrity Nolan Ryan.

Associated with: irish, champion, proud (noble), surname.


Nolan has 5 variants: Noland, Nolen, Nolin, Nollan and Nolyn.

1 feminine form: Nola.

Creative forms:
(male) Nelan, Newlan, ..


Middle name pairings:
Nolan Casen (N.C.), ..

How popular is Nolan?

Nolan is a very prominent first name for males (#597 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#705 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nolan reached its top rank of #71 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Nolen (#1737 in 2015) and Noland are the prominent alternative forms of Nolan (#71 in 2015). These relations of Nolan were favored as birth names in 2015 (average #1269). Nolan is a constant favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nolan, Noland, Nolen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nolan is alike in pronunciation to Nalin, Nealon, Neilan and Newlin. Other suggested similar names are Alan, Allan, Arlan, Aslan, Boban, Calan, Caolan, Colan, Colman, Conan, Conlan, Cowan, Coyan, Dalan, Dilan, Doan, Dolan, Doran, Dowan, Dylan, Eilan, Elan, Faolan, Felan, Galan, Goran, Hogan, Holman, Howlan, Ilan, Jalan, Johan, Joran, Jovan, Kalan, Kelan, Kylan, Logan, Loman, Loran, Milan, Naman, Natan, Nevan, Nisan, Noah, Noak, Noam, Noll, Norman, Orlan, Roan, Roban, Rogan, Rohan, Roldan, Rollan, Roman, Ronan, Rowan, Royan, Rylan, Sohan, Toran, Wylan and Zoltan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nolan.

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