Last name: Nolan

This famous Irish surname is recorded in the varied spellings of O'Nolan, O'Noulane, O'Noland, O' Nowlan, and the short forms of Nolan, Nowlan, and Nowland. However spelt today it is an anglicized form of the original pre 12th century Gaelic O'Nullain, which translates loosely as 'The descendant of the crier', probably a reference to the first chief of the clan who held the hereditary office of herald to the Kings of Leinster. The chief was known as the Prince of Foherta, and he held the barony of Foherta, the modern barony of Forth. A branch of the family migrated to Connacht in the 16th Century and gained possession of extensive land tracts in Counties Galway and Mayo. A smaller branch settled in Corca Laoidh (South-West Cork) and here the name appeared as O'Huallachain meaning "proud" or "noble". The nameholders seem to have lost most of their holdings after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when they supported James 11nd, (1689 - 1690), the last king of Ireland. The name later gained prominence in the British Army. Captain Lewis Nolan (1818 - 1854), was the foremost exponent of Light Cavalry tactics, and it was he who carried the famous order for the charge of the Light Brigade. Owing to a misunderstanding between Nolan and Lord Lucan, the charge resulted in the total destruction of the Brigade, and the death of Nolan himself. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Teag O' Nuallain, which was dated 1672, in Lynch's register known as "De Praesulibus". This was during the reign of King Charles 11nd of England, known as "The Merry Monarch", 1660 - 1685. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.1685.

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Rikki nolan

Nolan from England, Liverpool.

cliff noland

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Hi everybody!

I think the name "Nøland" might come from this, just variated into Norwegian..

Guy Noland
Just came from Ireland... from what I could uncover, "Noland" derives from "Nolan" and is still very much an Irish surname. They simply added the "d" to make it sound fancier.

my great-grandmother was a nolan from dublin eire :D

Looking for the origins of Michael Nolan (probably born around 1790, vague estimate). Was married to Judith Whalen. They had a child named Catherine Nolan who married William Brogan. The Nolan family moved from Ireland to Canada. Any info appreciated.

Michael Nolan
I might have something on that, I have to check the book.

Hello Michael, if you could find any hint or details, that would be fantastic. Been looking for years. I could send you more info from my tree.

Hello Michael, if you have found anything about Catherine Nolan and William Brogan or their parents, i can be reached at Thanks in advance.

I'm a Hells Kitchen Nolan.

I'm a Nolan from Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada!

lorna justice
my father was francis nolan from newfoundland

Stephanie derible- Nolan
Nolan's also live in St. Mary's Bay Newfoundland

nee Nolan from Kiltimagh ...

still looking for information on Nolans of John St Wexford town!

My great-grandfather was a Nolan and he came from Tipperary.

Danny Patrick Nolan
Other Nolan family members from where I live in Melbourne, Australia have traced our family back to Tipperary & Limerick. Try if you have any info from this region. Thinking of visiting the area soon. Come from a long line of Patrick Nolan's I believe?

WOOOOO Im a Nolan from Dublin :P

richard nolan
any Nolan,s from John St Wexford?

Child of Nolan
My Grandparent's were Nolan's from Kildare in the Irish Republic any other's out there

Tom Nolan

Hi Im a Nolan from Ramsgrange in Wexford


I'm not a Nolan but my mother and grandmother were / are. They're from New Ross County Wexford where many of our other relatives still live (also with the surname Nolan).