"white shoulder"

Nola Origin and Meaning

The name Nola is a girl's name of Gaelic, Latin origin meaning "white shoulder".

Nola, a name with a sleek, enigmatic quality, was used for the much-pursued heroine of Spike Lee's 1986 breakout film, She's Gotta Have It, and again by Woody Allen in Match Point. It's a short form of the traditional Irish name Fionnuala. Nola reentered the US Top 1000 in 2008, for the first time in 50 years.

Nola is also a place name of an Italian town, associated by ecclesiastical tradition with the invention of church bells, leading some to give that as the meaning of the name.

Speaking of the map, Nola could also come from New Orleans, Louisiana, for which NOLA is a frequent acronym. This association lends the name a potentially Southern feel.

# 739 in the US

Nola Rank in US Top 1000

# 343 on Nameberry

Nola Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nola Popularity

Famous People Named Nola

  • Nola Jo FairbanksAmerican actress
  • Nola Bethwynn MarinoAustralian MP
  • Nola RaeAustralian,British mime artist
  • Nola Amanda Glenn (b. 2012)daughter of TV anchor Fredricka Whitfield and John Glenn; twin brother Gilbert James
  • Nola HattermanDutch actress and painter

Nola in Pop Culture

  • Nola Ricecharacter in film "Match Point"
  • Nola Darlingcharacter in film "She's Gotta Have It"
  • "Nola" 2003 film and its main character
  • Nola Longshadowcharacter on TV series "Banshee"
  • Nola Falaccicharacter on TV series "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"
  • Nola Reardon Chamberlaincharacter on American soap "Guiding Light"
  • Nolacharacter in "Mean Spirit" by Linda Hogan
  • Nolaacronym for New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nolatown in Italy where church bells were invented
  • Nola Kellergancharacter in the novel “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” and the TV series with the same name.