Nolan Name Meaning

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Fact: Christopher Nolan (born 1970): A British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer known for his work on films like “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” and “Dunkirk.”

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A Deep Dive

Nolan Overview

Meaning

Famous, noble, champion

Gender

Boy

Origin

Irish

Etymology

Derived from the Irish surname “Ó Nualláin,” meaning “descendant of Nuallán,” with Nuallán meaning “noble” or “famous.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈnoʊlən/

Popularity

Nolan is a name that has gained popularity in English-speaking countries, particularly in the USA. Recently, Nolan has consistently ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

2 (Cooperative, Adaptable, Considerate)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Classic, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, dependable, intelligent, charismatic
A Deep Dive

Nolan Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Nolen, Noland, Nolen, Noland, Nollan

Common Nicknames

Nole, Nollie, Nol, Noly

Diminutives

Nolie, Noey, Noll

Famous People

  • Nolan Ryan
    (American Baseball Player)
  • Nolan Gould
    (American Actor)
  • Nolan Bushnell
    (American Entrepreneur)
  • Nolan Gerard Funk
    (Canadian Actor)
  • Nolan North
    (American Voice Actor)
  • Nolan Arenado
    (American Baseball Player)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Nolan"
    (Film)
  • Nolan Grayson
    ("Invincible," TV Series)
  • Nolan Sorrento
    ("Ready Player One," Film)
  • Nolan Booth
    ("Red Notice," Film)
  • Nolan Walsh
    ("Racing Stripes," Film)
  • Nolan North
    ("Voice Actor")

Places

  • Nolan City
    (Texas, USA)
  • Nolan Park
    (New York, USA)
  • Nolan River
    (Texas, USA)
  • Nolan Lake
    (Colorado, USA)
  • Nolan Township
    (Illinois, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Nolan?

Nolan means “champion” or “noble.” The name often conveys a sense of strength and leadership, suggesting a person who is confident and capable, often taking on roles of responsibility and guidance.

What Is the Origin of The Name Nolan?

Nolan has Irish origins. It comes from the Gaelic surname “Ó Nualláin,” which means “descendant of Nuallán.” The name has a long history in Ireland and has become popular in English-speaking countries, particularly in the United States.

Nolan Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Nolan in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#602021#652022#572023
Top 3 Rankings#572023#602021#612020

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Nolan

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202357
(+8 from 2022)
5112
(+190 from 2022)
0.27917
202265
(-5 from 2021)
4922
(-428 from 2021)
0.26279
202160
(+1 from 2020)
5350
(+153 from 2020)
0.28555
202061
(+4 from 2019)
5197
(-199 from 2019)
0.28097
201965
(-1 from 2018)
5396
(-229 from 2018)
0.28078
201864
(+3 from 2017)
5625
(+226 from 2017)
0.28939
201767
No change from 2016
5399
(-234 from 2016)
0.27280
201667
(+4 from 2015)
5633
(-105 from 2015)
0.27809
201571
(+10 from 2014)
5738
(+529 from 2014)
0.28066
201481
(+5 from 2013)
5209
(+464 from 2013)
0.25419
201386
(+3 from 2012)
4745
(+319 from 2012)
0.23482
201289
(+3 from 2011)
4426
(+258 from 2011)
0.21812
201192
(+12 from 2010)
4168
(+479 from 2010)
0.20518
2010104
(+18 from 2009)
3689
(+252 from 2009)
0.17956
2009122
(+9 from 2008)
3437
(+287 from 2008)
0.16205
2008131
(+2 from 2007)
3150
(-21 from 2007)
0.14447
2007133
(+13 from 2006)
3171
(+333 from 2006)
0.14316
2006146
(+3 from 2005)
2838
(+120 from 2005)
0.12945
2005149
(+12 from 2004)
2718
(+229 from 2004)
0.12777
2004161
(+14 from 2003)
2489
(+272 from 2003)
0.11777
2003175
(-3 from 2002)
2217
(-15 from 2002)
0.10551
2002172
(+8 from 2001)
2232
(+139 from 2001)
0.10800
2001180
(+1 from 2000)
2093
(+67 from 2000)
0.10119
2000181
(+30 from 1999)
2026
(+403 from 1999)
0.09702
1999211
(+22 from 1998)
1623
(+259 from 1998)
0.07960
1998233
(+2 from 1997)
1364
(+53 from 1997)
0.06727
1997235
(+22 from 1996)
1311
(+205 from 1996)
0.06562
1996257
(+6 from 1995)
1106
(+40 from 1995)
0.05520
1995263
(-3 from 1994)
1066
(-46 from 1994)
0.05300
1994260
(-10 from 1993)
1112
(-31 from 1993)
0.05455
1993250
(-2 from 1992)
1143
(-20 from 1992)
0.05534
1992248
(+9 from 1991)
1163
(+108 from 1991)
0.05540
1991257
(+45 from 1990)
1055
(+210 from 1990)
0.04977
1990302
(+63 from 1989)
845
(+228 from 1989)
0.03927
1989365
(+23 from 1988)
617
(+108 from 1988)
0.02944
1988388
(+7 from 1987)
509
(+29 from 1987)
0.02542
1987395
(-11 from 1986)
480
(+1 from 1986)
0.02461
1986384
(-5 from 1985)
479
(+1 from 1985)
0.02493
1985379
(-27 from 1984)
478
(-42 from 1984)
0.02484
1984352
(+27 from 1983)
520
(+71 from 1983)
0.02771
1983379
(+19 from 1982)
449
(+27 from 1982)
0.02409
1982398
(+19 from 1981)
422
(+26 from 1981)
0.02236
1981417
(+48 from 1980)
396
(+67 from 1980)
0.02126
1980465
(+56 from 1979)
329
(+67 from 1979)
0.01774
1979521
(-13 from 1978)
262
(+5 from 1978)
0.01463
1978508
(+58 from 1977)
257
(+39 from 1977)
0.01504
1977566
(+5 from 1976)
218
(+16 from 1976)
0.01275
1976571
(-2 from 1975)
202
(+1 from 1975)
0.01237
1975569
(+53 from 1974)
201
(+34 from 1974)
0.01239
1974622
(-29 from 1973)
167
(-8 from 1973)
0.01024
1973593
(+73 from 1972)
175
(+30 from 1972)
0.01085
1972666
(-88 from 1971)
145
(-54 from 1971)
0.00866
1971578
(+28 from 1970)
199
(+19 from 1970)
0.01095
1970606
(+22 from 1969)
180
(+22 from 1969)
0.00945
1969628
(-3 from 1968)
158
(+12 from 1968)
0.00864
1968625
(+40 from 1967)
146
(+20 from 1967)
0.00822
1967665
(-74 from 1966)
126
(-35 from 1966)
0.00708
1966591
(+111 from 1965)
161
(+49 from 1965)
0.00886
1965702
(-91 from 1964)
112
(-52 from 1964)
0.00591
1964611
(+23 from 1963)
164
(+11 from 1963)
0.00809
1963634
(+14 from 1962)
153
(+11 from 1962)
0.00741
1962648
(-31 from 1961)
142
(-23 from 1961)
0.00676
1961617
(-9 from 1960)
165
(-1 from 1960)
0.00765
1960608
(-33 from 1959)
166
(-19 from 1959)
0.00767
1959575
(-1 from 1958)
185
(+3 from 1958)
0.00854
1958574
(-6 from 1957)
182
(-3 from 1957)
0.00845
1957568
(-38 from 1956)
185
(-13 from 1956)
0.00845
1956530
(-13 from 1955)
198
(-1 from 1955)
0.00923
1955517
(-8 from 1954)
199
(-4 from 1954)
0.00952
1954509
(+1 from 1953)
203
(+13 from 1953)
0.00981
1953510
(-36 from 1952)
190
(-24 from 1952)
0.00949
1952474
(+19 from 1951)
214
(+25 from 1951)
0.01084
1951493
(-44 from 1950)
189
(-26 from 1950)
0.00989
1950449
(+1 from 1949)
215
(-4 from 1949)
0.01182
1949450
No change from 1948
219
(+1 from 1948)
0.01215
1948450
(+26 from 1947)
218
(+20 from 1947)
0.01223
1947476
(-19 from 1946)
198
(+5 from 1946)
0.01066
1946457
(-7 from 1945)
193
(+19 from 1945)
0.01169
1945450
(-26 from 1944)
174
(-32 from 1944)
0.01269
1944424
(+11 from 1943)
206
(-1 from 1943)
0.01483
1943435
(+11 from 1942)
207
(+15 from 1942)
0.01423
1942446
(-8 from 1941)
192
(+16 from 1941)
0.01363
1941438
(-55 from 1940)
176
(-45 from 1940)
0.01403
1940383
(+15 from 1939)
221
(+16 from 1939)
0.01863
1939398
(+5 from 1938)
205
(+7 from 1938)
0.01809
1938403
(+16 from 1937)
198
(+15 from 1937)
0.01742
1937419
(+14 from 1936)
183
(+17 from 1936)
0.01673
1936433
(-36 from 1935)
166
(-22 from 1935)
0.01560
1935397
(+3 from 1934)
188
(-1 from 1934)
0.01758
1934400
(+25 from 1933)
189
(+22 from 1933)
0.01780
1933425
(-17 from 1932)
167
(-23 from 1932)
0.01637
1932408
(+41 from 1931)
190
(+34 from 1931)
0.01768
1931449
(-11 from 1930)
156
(-24 from 1930)
0.01458
1930438
(+53 from 1929)
180
(+38 from 1929)
0.01594
1929491
(-6 from 1928)
142
(-15 from 1928)
0.01282
1928485
(-21 from 1927)
157
(-17 from 1927)
0.01376
1927464
(-1 from 1926)
174
(+6 from 1926)
0.01498
1926463
(+16 from 1925)
168
(+7 from 1925)
0.01467
1925479
(+4 from 1924)
161
(-3 from 1924)
0.01398
1924483
(-23 from 1923)
164
(-13 from 1923)
0.01403
1923460
(-3 from 1922)
177
(-6 from 1922)
0.01563
1922457
(-11 from 1921)
183
(-8 from 1921)
0.01626
1921446
(+39 from 1920)
191
(+34 from 1920)
0.01678
1920485
(+5 from 1919)
157
(+8 from 1919)
0.01426
1919490
(+37 from 1918)
149
(+17 from 1918)
0.01468
1918527
(-61 from 1917)
132
(-17 from 1917)
0.01259
1917466
(-2 from 1916)
149
(-1 from 1916)
0.01553
1916464
(+49 from 1915)
150
(+32 from 1915)
0.01625
1915513
(-48 from 1914)
118
(+10 from 1914)
0.01340
1914465
(-9 from 1913)
108
(+18 from 1913)
0.01581
1913456
(+45 from 1912)
90
(+28 from 1912)
0.01678
1912501
(+24 from 1911)
62
(+30 from 1911)
0.01373
1911525
(-24 from 1910)
32
(+1 from 1910)
0.01326
1910501
(-14 from 1909)
31
(+3 from 1909)
0.01487
1909487
(+170 from 1908)
28
(+12 from 1908)
0.01583
1908657
(-171 from 1907)
16
(-7 from 1907)
0.00962
1907486
(+17 from 1906)
23
(+3 from 1906)
0.01450
1906503
(+71 from 1905)
20
(+3 from 1905)
0.01388
1905574
(-59 from 1904)
17
(-1 from 1904)
0.01187
1904515
(+219 from 1903)
18
(+8 from 1903)
0.01300
1903734
(-178 from 1902)
10
(-5 from 1902)
0.00773
1902556
(+81 from 1901)
15
(+4 from 1901)
0.01130
1901637
(-14 from 1900)
11
(-5 from 1900)
0.00952
1900623
(+38 from 1899)
16
(+6 from 1899)
0.00987
1899661
(+460 from 1898)
10
(+5 from 1898)
0.00868
18981121
(-506 from 1897)
5
(-7 from 1897)
0.00379
1897615
(+163 from 1896)
12
(+3 from 1896)
0.00984
1896778
(+17 from 1895)
9
(+1 from 1895)
0.00697
1895795
(-201 from 1894)
8
(-4 from 1894)
0.00632
1894594
(+111 from 1893)
12
(+3 from 1893)
0.00961
1893705
(-17 from 1892)
9
(-1 from 1892)
0.00744
1892688
(+286 from 1889)
10
(+5 from 1889)
0.00761
18910
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18900
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1889974
(-343 from 1887)
5
(-4 from 1887)
0.00420
18880
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1887631
(+328 from 1886)
9
(+4 from 1886)
0.00823
1886959
(-195 from 1884)
5
(-2 from 1884)
0.00420
18850
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1884764
(+102 from 1881)
7
(+2 from 1881)
0.00570
18830
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1881866
First SSA data recorded
5
First SSA data recorded
0.00462
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Nolan

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#842021#1042022#892023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#832021#942022#802023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#482021#602022#472023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#742021#702022#482023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#322021#422022#362023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#322021#402022#392023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1032021#802022#782023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#852021#1012022#862023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#432021#522022#482023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#352021#402022#472023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#282021#362022#362023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#282021#442022#332023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#542021#512022#442023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#362021#442022#482023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#762021#642022#792023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#942021#762022#522023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#302021#302022#292023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#652021#742022#632023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#672021#672022#712023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#402021#522022#362023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#722021#702022#542023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#422021#492022#352023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#722021#392022#362023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#992021#1332022#1362023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#472021#742022#672023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#762021#882022#882023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#402021#462022#442023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#972021#692022#672023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#442021#422022#542023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#412021#872022#992023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#592021#722022#672023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#1232021#982022#902023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#352021#262022#312023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#492021#752022#612023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#692021#722022#382023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#282021#182022#312023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#972021#1052022#1782023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#282021#442022#372023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#282021#462022#472023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1392021#1372022#672023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#792021#382022#502023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#652021#1852022#1262023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#402021#192022#1332023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1152021#1152022#1432023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1092021#1282022#402023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1122021#1242022#582023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#462021#642022#172023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1482021#832022#1342023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#902021#552022#262023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#702021#472022#502023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#762021#882022#1162023

Popularity Rankings for Nolan in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#262020#322021#292022

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#412020#442021#522022

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#572021#542022#1022023

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#912020#712021#942022

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#1082020#1052021#992022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#2442021#2712022#2142023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3382021#4592022#4462023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#3512017#4572020#3952021

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#5352019#5592020#4212021

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#4962017#4462023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#7102017#7642019#5842023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Nolan a Name for Boys or Girls?

Nolan is generally a boy’s name. Its strong, distinctive sound and historical use make it a popular choice for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Nolan

Nolan in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Nolan Ryan (Baseball Player, born 1947): A legendary American baseball pitcher known for his record seven no-hitters.
  • Nolan Gould (Actor, born 1998): An American actor best known for his role as Luke Dunphy on the TV series "Modern Family."
  • Nolan Bushnell (Entrepreneur, born 1943): An American entrepreneur best known for founding Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre chain.
  • Nolan Gerard Funk (Actor, born 1986): A Canadian actor and singer known for his roles in "Glee" and "Awkward."
  • Nolan North (Voice Actor, born 1970): An American voice actor known for his work in video games, including the "Uncharted" series as Nathan Drake.
  • Nolan Arenado (Baseball Player, born 1991): An American professional baseball third baseman known for his time with the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Nolan Carroll (Football Player, born 1987): An American former professional football cornerback who played in the NFL.
  • Nolan Reimold (Baseball Player, born 1983): An American former professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball.
  • Nolan Ross ("Revenge," 2011 TV Series): A tech billionaire who becomes an ally in Emily Thorne's quest for vengeance.
  • "Nolan" (2010 Film): A drama about a man who revisits his past and the choices he made.
  • Nolan Grayson ("Invincible," 2021 TV Series): Also known as Omni-Man, a powerful superhero with a dark secret.
  • Nolan Sorrento ("Ready Player One," 2018 Film): The ruthless head of operations at Innovative Online Industries (IOI) who seeks control of the OASIS.
  • Nolan Booth ("Red Notice," 2021 Film): A world-renowned art thief who teams up with an FBI agent and another thief.
  • Nolan Walsh ("Racing Stripes," 2005 Film): A former racehorse trainer who helps a young zebra achieve its dream of becoming a racehorse.
  • Nolan North ("Voice Actor"): Known for his roles in video games such as Nathan Drake in "Uncharted" and Desmond Miles in "Assassin's Creed."
  • Nolan Price ("Law & Order," 2022 TV Series): An assistant district attorney navigating complex legal and moral challenges.
  • Nolan Funk ("Actor"): Known for his roles in TV series like "Glee" and "Awkward."
  • Nolan Byrd ("Shredderman Rules," 2007 TV Film): A middle schooler who becomes a superhero to take down a bully.
  • Nolan ("Castle Rock," 2018 TV Series): A character in the psychological horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse.
  • Nolan Powers ("Reality Bites," 1994 Film): A minor character in the romantic comedy-drama film about post-college life.
  • Nolan City (Texas, USA): A small town in Nolan County known for its agricultural community and rural charm.
  • Nolan Park (New York, USA): A historic park located on Governors Island, known for its 19th-century buildings and cultural events.
  • Nolan River (Texas, USA): A river in central Texas known for its scenic views and recreational fishing opportunities.
  • Nolan Lake (Colorado, USA): A high-altitude lake in the Sawatch Range, popular for hiking, fishing, and picturesque landscapes.
  • Nolan Township (Illinois, USA): A township in Livingston County, known for its agricultural lands and small-town atmosphere.
  • Nolan Mountain (Alaska, USA): A mountain in the Brooks Range, known for its rugged terrain and challenging climbs.
  • Nolan Creek (Kentucky, USA): A creek in eastern Kentucky, known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational activities.
  • Nolan Island (British Columbia, Canada): An island in the Pacific Ocean, known for its unspoiled natural environment and wildlife.
  • Nolan Village (Ohio, USA): A small village in Gallia County, known for its tight-knit community and rural setting.
  • Nolan Valley (California, USA): A valley in northern California, known for its scenic beauty and agricultural productivity.

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