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What does Nolen mean?

Nolen Pronunciation of Nolen [nolen] as a name for boys (also used less generally as girls' name Nolen). The name Nolen means "champion". Nolen is a version of Nolan (Irish, Gaelic): from Nuallan.

Associated with: champion.


Nolen has 3 variants: Nolin, Nollan and Nolyn.

1 more different relation via Nolan: Noland.

Creative forms:
(male) Nelen, Norlen, ..

(female) Noly, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nolen Baylor (N.B.), ..

How popular is Nolen?

Nolen is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#3277 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nolen entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #1370 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #1737. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Nolen (#1737 in recent rankings) are Nolan (#71 in recent rankings) and Noland. Adoption of these forms of Nolen is at its most widespread presently (median #1269). Nolan is the longstanding favorite.

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

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

Similar Names

Nolen is alike in pronunciation to Nalin, Nealon, Neilan and Newlin. Other suggested similar names are Alen, Allen, Arlen, Boden, Bolten, Bowen, Colden, Collen, Colten, Conlen, Coren, Dalen, Emlen, Foxen, Galen, Glen, Golden, Goren, Halen, Holden, Howlen, Jalen, Joben, Joren, Kalen, Kolten, Koren, Kylen, Logen, Loren, Naren, Nelsen, Neven, Nile, Niles, Niven, Noble, Noe, Noel, Noll, Normen, Novena, Nowel, Nyles, Olen, Rowen, Rozen, Soren, Talen, Toren and Valen. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nolen.

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