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About the Noll surname

Noll

Variations

Knollys, Knoll, Knolle, Knolles, Knowles, Knowlys}}

Meaning

  • English: From knoll, meaning a small natural hill.
  • German: from a short form of any of various medieval personal names derived from Germanic personal names ending in -n + wald ‘rule’, for example Arnold and Reinwald. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]
  • South German: nickname for a rotund or naive person, from Middle High German nol ‘hillock’, ‘knoll’. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin; perhaps an occupational name from Yiddish nol ‘awl’. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]

Background

Found in Yorkshire, England.

Coat of Arms

There is no known coat of arms.

Famous Persons

  • Landon Curt Noll: the discoverer of two Mersenne prime numbers. Also served as a city council member and vice-mayor in Sunnyvale, California.
  • Mark Noll: Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, a progressive evangelical Christian scholar. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America.
  • John F. Noll: bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1925-1956).

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