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Gender: M Meaning of Noah: "rest; wandering" Origin of Noah: Hebrew Noah's Popularity in 2012: #4

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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 and is now rising rapidly up the popularity charts. In 2009, Noah made it into the Top 10 for the first time in history, and now has risen to Number 4.

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.

Billy Ray Cyrus, responsible for the name Miley, crossed gender lines to call another of his daughters Noah. The feminine homonym Noa -- which sounds just like but is NOT a form of the Biblical male Noah but is 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.

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Famous People Named Noah

Noah Strausser Speer Wyle, American actor
Noah Mills, American model
Noah Munck, American actor
Noah Angel Solomon, one of the octuplets of Nadya Suleman
Noah Buble, son of Michael Buble
Noah Webster, Father of the American Dictionary
Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor and pianist
Noah George Taylor, English/Australian actor
Noah Graves, son of English actor Rupert Graves

Pop Culture References for the Name Noah

Noah, upcoming film by Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe
Noah Puckerman - Glee
Noah Calhoun - From "The Notebook"
Noah MacManus - Father from the Boondock Saints movies
Noah Bennett, character on the TV show "Heroes".
Noah (sometimes spelled 'Noa') Kaiba, character from the anime "Yu-Gi-Oh"
Noah Curtis, from movie "2012"
Noah Lawson, from Australian soap "Home & Away"

Noach, Noak, Noe, Noi, Noé

Noah's International Variations

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