The name Nolan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "champion". Nolan is ranked #67 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Irish Surname Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".
From the experts:
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."
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.