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Nolen Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: from a Germanic personal name formed with an element cognate with Middle Low German not ‘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 dialect skäll ‘barren’, ‘infertile’, or from Swedish sköld ‘shield’. Irish: variant spelling of Nolan. Jewish: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bolen, Nylen, Molen, Dolen, Olen, Noren, Osen, Olden, Polen, Nowlen

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Where is the Nolen family from?

You can see how Nolen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nolen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nolen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Nolen families living in Tennessee. This was about 21% of all the recorded Nolen's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Nolen families in 1840.
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What did your Nolen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Nolen. 20% of Nolen men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Nolen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nolen were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nolen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Nolen. For the veterans among your Nolen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nolen lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Nolen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Nolen in 1941 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

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