Nolan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Nolan Family History

If you are conducting some Nolan family history research then you can view the Nolan coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Nolan surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Nolan in Ireland is among the fifty most frequently found and is derived from the O'Nuallain Gaelic Sept that was located in County Carlow. It is in the Province of Leinster and in County Cork that the majority of descendants can be found.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Nolan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
Sword Symbol of Government and Justice
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