US Popularity:99
Meaning:Famous; Noble
Nolan belongs to a group of fetching Irish surnames that have seen a rise in popularity and usage as first names on the other side of the Atlantic. This gender-neutral name acts as a variant of Nuallán, coming from the word nuall and meaning "famous" or "noble." This can be a great choice if you imagine your little one seeing their name in lights one day. Because of this meaning, it’s only fitting that the name Nolan is popular with athletes. 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.

Famous People Named Nolan

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Nolan Gould
    TV Actor
  • Nolan North
    Voice Actor
  • Nolan Ryan
    Baseball Player

Nolan Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Nolan is currently #140 on The Bump
Boy:Nolan is currently #102 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Nolan is currently #83 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Nolan is currently #99 in U.S. births
Boy:Nolan is currently #94 in U.S. births
Girl:Nolan is currently #7948 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
+ 929
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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