Meaning and name origin
Nolan \n(o)-lan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Nolan: Nola.
Nolan is a very popular first name for males (#597 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#741 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nolan for boys. Nolan reached its highest rank of #81 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).