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What does Nolan mean?

Nolan \n(o)-lan\ 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.


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

Nolan has 1 feminine form: Nola.


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)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Nolan for boys. Nolan entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #81 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Nolan is alike in pronunciation to Nalin and Neilan. Other suggested similar baby names are Colan and Dolan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nolan.