John Nolan, Cape Canaveral, FL

This tells you a bit about John Nolan's blog and the person who writes it. John come from Cape Canaveral and is from the Nolan family.

Cape Canaveral, from the Spanish Cabo Cañaveral, is a cape in Brevard County, Florida, United States, near the center of the state's Atlantic coast. Known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973, it lies east of Merritt Island, separated from it by the Banana River. It was discovered by the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León in 1513.

It is part of a region known as the Space Coast, and is the site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Since many U.S. spacecraft are launched from both the station and the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, the terms "Cape Canaveral," "Canaveral", or "the Cape" have become metonyms that refer to both as the launch site of spacecraft. In homage to its spacefaring heritage, the Florida Public Service Commission allocated area code 321 to the Cape Canaveral area.[2]

Other features of the cape include the Cape Canaveral lighthouse and Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. The city of Cape Canaveral lies just south of the Port Canaveral District.[3] Mosquito Lagoon, the Indian River, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore are also features of this area.

The surname Nolan is among the forty most frequently found in Ireland and is derived from the 12th century Gaelic O'Nuallain sept who were located in County Carlow. Nolan is an anglicised form of O'Nuallain, 'nuall' meaning 'famous' or 'noble'. In pre-Norman times the sept held power in the barony of Forth, in County Carlow, where they were known as Princes of Foharta and held high hereditary office under the Kings of Leinster. But that power was greatly diminished after the arrival of the Normans, although their surname is still strongly linked with the area to this day. In the 16th century a branch of the family secured large amounts of land in counties Mayo and Galway and there was a major migration to that area, in which counties the name is not uncommon to-day. A smaller branch settled in Corca Laoidh (south-west Cork) and here the name appeared as O'Huallachain meaning 'noble'. This name was noted as Knowlan and Knowland in the census of 1659 in Longford and in the adjacent baronies of Westmeath.Today the great majority of people with the Nolan surname are to be found in Carlow and its main stronghold is in Leinster. John Nolan, Cape Canaveral is from this area.