Nolan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Nolan appeared as O Nuallain, which is derived from the Irish Gaelic word "nuall," meaning "shout."

Early Origins of the Nolan family

The surname Nolan was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Nolan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nolan research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Nolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nolan Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Nolan revealed many variations, including Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.

Early Notables of the Nolan family (pre 1700)

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United States Nolan migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Nolan or a variant listed above, including:

Nolan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Nolan, who arrived in Maryland in 1655 [1]
Nolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P Nolan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • John M Nolan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822 [1]
  • Arthur Nolan, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Samuel Nolan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Francis Nolan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Nolan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nolan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Nolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Mary Nolan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Mathew Nolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • John Nolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Sarah MacFarlan Nolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Nolan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Nolan, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Nolan, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Hugh Nolan, a baker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Bridget Nolan, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • James Nolan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Nolan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nolan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Honora Nolan, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • John Nolan, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • James Nolan, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Laurence Nolan, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Ann Nolan, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nolan (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Jonathan James "Chris" Nolan (b. 1970), British-born, American three-time Academy Award nominated film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • Kathleen Nolan (b. 1933), Born Jocelyn Schrum, an American actress, best known for her role as Kate McCoy, the housewife in the Walter Brennan series The Real McCoys (1957-1962)
  • Gerard "Jerry" Nolan (1946-1992), American rock drummer, best known for his work with The New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers
  • Joseph William Nolan (b. 1951), American former professional baseball player
  • Jeanette Nolan (1911-1998), American four-time Emmy Award nominated radio, film, and television actress
  • Gary Nolan (b. 1954), American talk radio host
  • Gary Lynn Nolan (b. 1948), American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher
  • Deanna Nicole "Tweety" Nolan (b. 1979), American WNBA basketball player
  • David Fraser Nolan (1943-2010), American activist and politician, one of the founders of the Libertarian Party of the United States
  • David Nolan (b. 1946), American author and civil rights activist
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Michael T Nolan (b. 1967), American Private 1st Class from Plymouth, Minnesota, USA who died in the crash [5]


Suggested Readings for the name Nolan +

  • 641 Descendants of Cornet George Barton in Ireland and the United States with Allied Nolan/Lalor/Kinsella Lines in Ireland and the United States by Louise Egan Peterson, In the Mood for Stardom: The Nolans by Kim Treasurer.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  5. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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