The name is a contracted form of Fionnuala but has been used as an indepedent given name since at least the 19th-century.
In recent years, it may also be bestowed in reference to New Orleans, Louisiana, which is often abbreviated to NOLA by local.
The highest Nola ever ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1894 when it was the 294th most popular female name.
As of 2010, she was the 491st most popular female name in France, while in 2011, she was the 886th most popular female name in the United States.
Nola is also the name of a few cities and of a genus of moth.
The Gaelic spelling is Nuala.