Gender: Female Meaning of Nola: "white shoulder" Origin of Nola: Gaelic, short form of Fionnuala Nola's Popularity in 2019: #606

Nola Origin and Meaning

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

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.

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Rank in US: #606

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Hero_Phoebus Says:



Lola Says:


I love this name because of it's association with New Orleans, Louisiana. (N.O., L.A.)
New Orleans is a vibrant, colorful city that pulses with culture.
Definitely name sake worthy!

Analia Says:


I think this is such a cute and unique alternative to Nora (which seems to be getting popular) and Lola (which is also popular) Love it <3 Could be a nickname for Nicola too

ldougie Says:


I prefer this to Nora.