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Where did the Irish Noland family come from? What is the Irish Noland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Noland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Noland family history?

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


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Noland that are preserved in archival documents are Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noland research. Another 412 words (29 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Noland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Noland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Noland name:

Noland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Catherine Noland, who sailed to Maryland in 1655
  • Darby and Ann Noland held a 60 acre estate in Maryland in 1688
  • Peirce Noland leased a 300 acre estate in Maryland in 1688

Noland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Noland, who arrived in Maryland in 1828
  • Daniel Noland, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Edward Noland, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • John Noland, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • James Noland, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860

Noland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Noland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839


  • John Noland (1844-1908), African American soldier who fought for the Confederate States of America with William Quantrill, depicted as the character Daniel Holt in the 1999 movie Ride with the Devil
  • William D. "Bill" Noland (b. 1954), American musician, composer, and producer
  • Edward T. Noland (1847-1926), American politician, State Treasurer of Missouri (1889-1890)
  • Charles Noland, American two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor, known for his roles in Blow (2001), Wayne's World (1992) and The West Wing (1999)
  • Valora Noland (b. 1941), American actress known for her work in the 1960s
  • Lucy Noland (b. 1965), American news anchor
  • Kenneth Noland (b. 1924), American abstract painter
  • Cady Noland (b. 1956), postmodern conceptual sculptor, daughter of Kenneth Noland
  • James E. Noland (1920-1992), American politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana (1949-1951)
  • Michael Noland (b. 1960), American politician, Member of the Illinois Senate (2007-)


  • The Nolen Story by Jewell Nolen.

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The Noland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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