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What does Nolan mean?

Nolan Pronunciation of Nolan as a boys' name 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


VARIANTS Noland, Nolen, Nolin, Nollan, Nolyn


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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 #64 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Nolen (#1850 IN 2018) and Noland are the prominent alternative forms of Nolan (#64). These relations of Nolan were favored as birth names in 2018 (AVERAGE #1304). 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-sounding 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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