If You Like Noah, You Might Love...

Noah is an Old Testament name that's zoomed from White Beard to baby-appropriate in the space of a generation. If you love the simple, classic Noah but want something a bit more original, consider these other names that embody some of Noah's best qualities.
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  • Abraham

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    Abraham was the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and is considered the founding father of the Jewish people. He was originally named Abram, until, according to Genesis, he was told, "No... Read More 

  • Elijah

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    Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, bringing it... Read More 

  • Gabriel

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    Gabriel -- the name of the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth -- appears in Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts. He presides over Paradise, serving as the angel of mercy, life, joy,... Read More 

  • Gideon

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    Gideon is an unjustly neglected Old Testament name—which has just recently started to climb— and is an excellent choice for parents looking to move beyond such overused biblicals as Benjamin and... Read More 

  • Isaac

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    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 35, where it's been for the past few years -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of... Read More 

  • Isaiah

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    Isaiah, like brethren Isaac and Elijah, is a once neglected biblical name now firmly back in favor, already surpassing such long-popular Old Testament stalwarts as Aaron and Adam. Isaiah now ranks... Read More 

  • Jedediah

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  • Jonah

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    Jonah, the name of the Old Testament prophet who was swallowed by the whale, only to emerge unharmed three days later, is increasingly appreciated by parents looking for a biblical name less... Read More 

  • Levi

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    Levi, lighter and more energetic than most biblical names, with its up vowel ending, combines Old Testament gravitas with the casual flair associated with Levi Strauss jeans.

    Now being... Read More 

  • Malachi

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    An Old Testament name with a Gaelic lilt that's definitely on the rise; Malachi entered the list in 1987, and has been in the Top 200 since 2003.

    In the Bible, Malachi (pronounced with... Read More 

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