Nolan belongs to a group of fetching Irish surnames that includes Cullen, Rafferty, Kennedy, Donovan, Finnegan and Quinn. Since Nolan means “champion,” it’s only fitting that it's popular with athletes as a first name. Baseball players Nolan Ryan (a Hall of Famer) and Nolan Arenado and football player Nolan Carroll are just a few that come to mind. Nolan has been steadily rising in popularity since the 1970s. Alternate spellings include Nolin, Noland and Nolen. "American Pie" actor Thomas Ian Nicholas named his son Nolan River.
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