Meaning and Origin of: Nolen

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Renowned, noble
  • Scottish : Famous, a champion

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and North German : from a Germanic personal name formed with an element cognate with Middle Low German nōt‘distress’, ‘power’.
  • Swedish : probably an ornamental or habitational name formed with Nol-, from Nord- ‘north’, plus the adjectival suffix -én, from Latin -en(i)us. However, it may also be a variant of Nolin, which in at least one case is derived from a place called Skällsäter, by Latinization of Skäll-, erroneously thought to be derived from Swedish skälla ‘little bell’, Latin nola. The place name is in fact derived either from Swedish dialectskäll ‘barren’, ‘infertile’, or from Swedish sköld‘shield’.
  • Irish : variant spelling of Nolan.
  • Jewish : unexplained.