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Gender: M Meaning of Noah: "rest; wandering" Origin of Noah: Hebrew Noah's Popularity in 2015: #1

Noah surprised the baby name world in 2013 to become the new Number 1 name, unseating Jacob after a 13-year reign, and it has maintained its top ranking each of the past two years.

Noah, the name of the Old Testament patriarch of the ark, is one of those unexpected fashion hits. It seems Noah has definitely shaken off its ancient image. In 2009, Noah made it into the Top 10 for the first time in history, and then became the first new top boys' name of the 21st century.

As every Sunday school alumnus knows, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to survive the great flood sent to punish the wicked world: a righteous namesake. Noah has risen on the style charts along with other formerly long-beard names such as Abraham, Moses, and even Elijah, unthinkable a generation ago.

Actor Rupert Graves and singer Michael Buble both have sons named Noah. Billy Ray Cyrus, responsible for the name Miley, crossed gender lines to call another of his daughters Noah. The feminine homonym Noa -- which isn't a form of the Biblical male Noah (it's a separate female name from the Old Testament) -- is currently the most popular girls' name in Israel. And Noah itself, with its vowel ending, is evidence of the trend toward softer sounds in boys' names, along with brothers Joshua and Asher.

Famous People Named Noah

Noah, Biblical ark-builder
Noah Webster, American lexicographer
Noah Nicholas Beery, American actor
Noah Lindsey Beery, American actor
Noah Strausser Speer Wyle, American actor
Noah Mills, Canadian-American male model
Noah Raymond Brickley aka Noah23, Canadian-American rapper
Noah Munck, American actor
Noah Benjamin Lennox aka Panda Bear, American musician of Animal Collective
Noah Angel Solomon, octuplet of Nadya Suleman
Noah Buble, son of singer Michael Buble
Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor and pianist
Noah George Taylor, English-Australian actor
Noah Graves, son of English actor Rupert Graves
Noah Baumbach, American film director
Noah Shebib aka 40, Canadian music producer
Noah Sierota, American bassist for band Echosmith
Noah Lowry, American baseball pitcher
Noah Shannon Green, son of American actors Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox

Pop Culture References for the name Noah

"Noah," 2014 movie starring Russell Crowe
Noah Puckerman, character on TV's "Glee"
Noah Calhoun, character from book/movie "The Notebook"
Noah St. Clair, military surgeon and Velvare's messenger in "The Silver Eye," a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Noah MacManus, father from the Boondock Saints movie series
Noah Bennet, character on TV's "Heroes"
Noah (or Noa) Kaiba, character from anime ""Yu-Gi-Oh!"
Noah Curtis, character in movie "2012"
Noah Czerny from Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Cycle"
Noah Lawson, character in Australian soap "Home & Away"
Noah Vosen, character in movie "The Bourne Ultimatum"
Noah and the Whale, English indie folk band
Noah Beckett, main character on TV's "Second Noah"
Noah Daniels, character on TV's "24"
Noah Drake, character on soap "General Hospital"
Noah Bennett, character on TV's "Passions"
Noah fon Ronsenburg aka Gabranth, character in video game "Final Fantasy XII"
Noah Joad, character in book/movie "The Grapes of Wrath"
Noah Hicks, character on TV's "Alias"
Noah Keller, main character in movie "The Ring"
Noah, main character in anime "Monsuno"
Noah King, character on animated series "Noah and Saskia"
Noah Kuttler, supervillain in DC Comics
Noah Mayer, character on soap "As the World Turns"
Noah Newman, character on soap "The Young and the Restless"
Noah Nichols, character on TV's "Noah's Arc"
Noah Parker, character in animated series "Atomic Betty"
Noah Tate, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Noah Taylor, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Noah, minor character on anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Noah character on animated series "Total Drama Island"
Noah, character in Anthony Horowitz's book series The Power of Five
Noah Jackson, character on Canadian TV's "The Latest Buzz"
Noah Sweetwine, character in the book "I'll Give You The Sun" by Jandy Nelson
Noah Underwood, main character in Carl Hiaasen's "Flush."
Noah Shaw, character from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Noé, Noach, Noak, Noe, Noi

Noah's International Variations

Noé, Noé (Spanish) Noë, Noë (French) Nuh (Arabic)