Nolan Origin and Meaning

The name Nolan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "champion".

Nolan is one of the rising Irish surname names, in the spirit of Conan and Ronan, partially inspired by pitcher Nolan Ryan-- who was named Lynn at birth, after his father. Nolan is a cheerful, friendly traditional Irish surname with the appropriate meaning of "champion," and one of the new attractive boy names starting with N.

Nolan is now firmly in the Top 100, and is widely used in Canada, Belgium, and France.

Namesakes include fashion designer Nolan Miller and young Nolan Gould, who plays Luke on Modern Family. Nolan Ross is a character on Revenge; comic actress Molly Shannon named her son Nolan.

# 65 in the US

Nolan Rank in US Top 1000

# 133 on Nameberry

Nolan Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nolan Popularity

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Famous People Named Nolan

  • (Lynn) Nolan RyanAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Nolan GouldAmerican child actor
  • Nolan Kay BushnellAmerican engineer and entrepreneur
  • Nolan Alexander CarrollAmerican NFL player
  • Nolan Gallagher ReimoldAmerican baseball player
  • Nolan Neil CromwellAmerican NFL football coach
  • Nolan Bertrandoff MillerAmerican fashion designer
  • Nolan NorthAmerican voice actor
  • Nolan James ArenadoAmerican baseball player
  • Nolan RichardsonAmerican basketball coach
  • Nolan RouxFrench footballer
  • Nolan Derek SmithAmerican basketball player
  • Nolan Gerard FunkCanadian Actor
  • Nolan SotilloAmerican actor
  • Nolan EmmeYoutube personality
  • Sydney NolanAustralian artist famous for his Ned Kelly paintings
  • Christopher NolanBritish,American director
  • Jonathan "Jonah" NolanBritish,American screenwriter, brother of Christopher Nolan
  • Nolan River Nicholas (b. 2011)son of actor Thomas Ian Nicholas & DJ Colette
  • Nolan Chesnut (b. 2005)son of actress Molly Shannon and artist Fritz Chesnut
  • Nolan James Crosby (b. 2010)son of NFL player Mason Crosby
  • Nolan Kennedy Ward (b. 2010)son of ice hockey player Cam Ward
  • Nolan Luca (b. 2014)son of YouTuber britneyandbaby

Nolan in Pop Culture

  • Nolan Rosscharacter on TV's "Revenge"
  • Nolan Hotchkisscharacter in Sara Shepard's "The Perfectionists" and "The Good Girls"