Nola Name Meaning & Origin

Nola

Pronunciation: NOH-lə (key)

Origin of the name Nola:

Spanish pet form of Leonor, a variant of Eleanor, a cognate of the Greek Helenē (light, torch, bright). Alternatively, some believe Leonor to be a feminine form of Leonard, which is derived from the Old High German Lewenhart (brave as a lion).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Nola: | Edit

Lianola is my yet to be born granddaughter's name.
It is a Tongan name and we think it's beautiful!
We love the nickname Nola.

Alon, Lona, Nola and Olan are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Nola: | Edit

We named our youngest Nola (a family name), and I'll admit I've had some regrets about it. When people ask her name I normally have to repeat it and often spell it out to people. I've had people say "Nala, like the Lion King?!" And other people just say "Oh...that's nice." But then when I think about it I don't feel so bad. The name itself looks beautiful and it's fun to write and most of all my daughter is a Nola, I couldn't picture her being anything else. It is a name that has a spirit in itself and I think that's awesome. We prefer uncommon, but not made up, names for our children and this is definitely one them!

Nicknames for Nola: | Edit

No, Nonie, Nola Cola, Nolee

Meanings and history of the name Nola: | Edit

Nola is a city in Italy.
NOLA is a nickname for New Orleans.

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Nola in song, story & screen: | Edit

Nola Rice is Scarlett Johansson's character in Woody Allen's film "Match Point."
Nola Darling is the title character in Spike Lee's film "She's Gotta Have It."
Nola Longshadow was a reccuring character in the first, second, and third season of Banshee

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