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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Nolen appeared as O Nuallain, which is derived from the Irish Gaelic word "nuall," meaning "shout."
The surname Nolen 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.
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Nolen were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nolen research. Another 412 words (29 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Nolen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Nolen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Nolen family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Nolen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Nolen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Nolen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Nolen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nolen 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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