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Gender: F Meaning of Nola: "white shoulder" Origin of Nola: Gaelic, short form of Fionnuala Nola's Popularity in 2016: #820

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's been steadily climbing in popularity since 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.

Famous People Named Nola

Nola Jo Fairbanks, American actress
Nola Bethwynn Marino, Australian MP
Nola Rae, Australian-British mime artist
Nola Amanda Glenn (b. 2012), daughter of TV anchor Fredricka Whitfield and John Glenn; twin brother Gilbert James

Pop Culture References for the name Nola

Nola Rice, character in film "Match Point"
Nola Darling, character in film "She's Gotta Have It"
"Nola," 2003 film and its main character
Nola Longshadow, character on TV series "Banshee"
Nola Falacci, character on TV series "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"
Nola Reardon Chamberlain, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Nola, character in "Mean Spirit" by Linda Hogan
Nola, acronym for New Orleans, Louisiana
Nola, town in Italy where church bells were invented

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