The name Nola is a girl's name of Gaelic, Latin origin meaning "white shoulder". Nola is ranked #745 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".
From the experts:
Nola, a name with a haunting, sensual 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 reentered the 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.