Nolen Family History

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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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Nolen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nolen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nolen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Nolen Family Origin

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Nolen Family Occupations

What did your Nolen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Nolen occupation in Canada was Farm Labourer. 20% of Nolen's were Farm Labourers. Farm Labourer, Cultivateur and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nolen. A less common occupation for the Nolen family was Labourer.

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  • Farm Labourer

  • Cultivateur

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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Nolen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Nolen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nolen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Nolen Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nolen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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