Nolan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Nolan

Nolan

Pronunciation: NOH-lin (key)

Origin of the name Nolan:

Transferred use of the Irish surname derived from the Gaelic O'Nualláin (descendant of Nuallan), which is from nuall (shout).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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We named our son Nolan (2012). Lots of positive feedback so far! It's extremely important to us that our children's names are not common and we haven't met another Nolan. One or two people have told us if extended family members with the same name but not the same age.

We had our Nolan in 2012 as well. The positive comments are usually along the lines of "That's a different name, and nice!" which is exactly our thinking when we chose it. It's uncommon, yet not "weird". It is starting to experience a boost in popularity, presumably because it's such a nice name. ;)

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Meanings and history of the name Nolan: | Edit

Champion (Irish, Gaelic)

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Nolan Ryan (baseball player)

Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese)

Nolan North (actor, and voice actor for the leading characters in video games such as Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Batman: Arkham City, and many more)

Nolan Gould (actor, plays Luke Dunphy on Modern Family)

Christopher Nolan (director/producer/writer of movies such as Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises)

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