"rest, repose"

Noah Origin and Meaning

The name Noah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "rest, repose".

Noah is nearly a patriarch of popular baby names at this point, going from Old Testament graybeard to Top 10 name in 2009, hitting Number 1 in 2013, and now settled into second place in the US for five years.

Noah was derived from the Hebrew name Noach, which itself came from the root nuach, meaning "rest." In the bible, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to survive the great flood sent to punish the world. He built his famous ark, onto which he herded a pair of every animal.

A generation or two ago, Noah seemed far too antiquated to become a popular name. But now, along with brethren Abraham, Moses, and even Elijah, it's eminently baby-worthy.

Noah's popularity is widely international, ranking highly in all English-speaking countries along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Noah is also a top name in countries as diverse as Belgium and Brazil, Norway and Chile.

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.

While variation Noa is an actual girls' name drawn from a female figure in the Bible, it is sometimes used as a sleekened spelling of Noah.

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Noah Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Noah Popularity

Famous People Named Noah

  • NoahBiblical ark,builder
  • Noah Gregory Centineo (b. 1996)American actor
  • Noah WebsterAmerican lexicographer
  • Noah Nicholas BeeryAmerican actor
  • Noah Lindsey BeeryAmerican actor
  • Noah Strausser Speer WyleAmerican actor
  • Noah MillsCanadian,American male model
  • Noah Raymond Brickley aka Noah23Canadian,American rapper
  • Noah MunckAmerican actor
  • Noah Benjamin Lennox aka Panda BearAmerican musician of Animal Collective
  • Noah GrayCabey, American actor and pianist
  • Noah George TaylorEnglish,Australian actor
  • Noah BaumbachAmerican film director
  • Noah Shebib aka 40Canadian music producer
  • Noah SierotaAmerican bassist for band Echosmith
  • Noah LowryAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Noah Edelman (b. 1978)son of singer Jackie DeShannon and Randy Edelman
  • Noah Hutton (b. 1987)son of actors Timothy Hutton and Debra Winger
  • Noah Becker (b. 1994)son of model Barbara Becker and tennis player Boris Becker
  • Noah Duguay (b. 1995)son of model Kim Alexis and ice hockey player Ron Duguay
  • Noah Tinsley (b. 1999)son of violinist Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band
  • Noah Weiland (b. 2000)son of late singer Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots
  • Noah Yorke (b. 2001)son of singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead
  • Noah Vaughn Atwood (b. 2003)son of YouTuber Roman Atwood
  • Noah Corfield (b. 2004)son of actress Sunetra Sarker and Nick Corfield
  • Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (b. 2007)Prince of Luxembourg, son of Prince Louis
  • Noah Graves (b. 2007)son of English actor Rupert Graves
  • Noah Shaaban (b. 2008)son of footballer Rami Shaaban
  • Noah Angel Solomon (b. 2009)octuplet of Octomom Nadya Suleman
  • Noah Roger Deffenbaugh (b. 2009)son of singer Jo Dee Messina
  • Noah Nicholas Martin Evans (b. 2009)son of TV presenter Chris Evans
  • Noah Monteiro (b. 2009)son of racing driver Tiago Monteiro
  • Noah James Finder (b. 2010)son of Jordan Ward,Finder and Brian Finder of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
  • Noah Matthew Smith (b. 2010)son of Jennifer del Rio and Joshua Smith of TV's "16 and Pregnant;" twin of brother Joshua Devan Smith
  • Noah Shannon Green (b. 2012)son of actors Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox
  • Noah Rev Maurer (b. 2012)son of actor Josh Lucas
  • Noah Phoenix Mazur (b. 2012)son of model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Noah Buble (b. 2013)son of singer Michael Buble
  • Noah Santiago Tisdelle (b. 2013)son of actress Michelle Morgan and Derek Tisdelle
  • Noah Vick (b. 2014)son of TV personality Kalenna Harper and Tony Vick
  • Noah Murphy (b. 2014)son of baseball player Daniel Murphy
  • Noah Dalton (b. 2014)son of NFL player Andy Dalton
  • Noah Soares (b. 2015)son of tennis player Bruno Soares
  • Noah Atweh (b. 2015)son of singers Sandy Molling and Nasri Tony Atweh
  • Noah GrossmanAmerican YouTuber and member of Smosh
  • Noah Russell Westbrook (b. 2017)son of American pro basketball player Russell Westbrook
  • Noah SchnappAmerican actor

Noah in Pop Culture

  • Noah Puckermancharacter on Fox's "Glee"
  • Noah Calhounmain character in book/movie "The Notebook"
  • Noah St. Clairmilitary surgeon and Velvare's messenger in "The Silver Eye," a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
  • Noah MacManusfather from the Boondock Saints movie series
  • Noah Bennetcharacter on NBC's "Heroes"
  • Noah Claypolecharacter in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
  • Noah (or Noa) Kaibacharacter from anime ""Yu,Gi,Oh!"
  • Noah Curtischaracter in the movie "2012"
  • Noah Sweetwinecharacter in Jandy Nelson's "I'll Give You The Sun"
  • Noah Gallaghermain character in Betsy Cornwell's "Tides"
  • Noah Czerny from Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Cycle"
  • Noah Lawsoncharacter in Australian soap "Home & Away"
  • Noah Vosencharacter in movie "The Bourne Ultimatum"
  • Noah and the WhaleEnglish indie folk band
  • Noah Beckettmain character on TV's "Second Noah"
  • Noah Danielscharacter on Fox's "24"
  • Noah Drakecharacter on soap "General Hospital"
  • Noah Bennettcharacter on NBC's "Passions"
  • Noah fon Ronsenburg aka Gabranthcharacter in video game "Final Fantasy XII"
  • Noah Joadcharacter in book/movie "The Grapes of Wrath"
  • Noah Hickscharacter on ABC's "Alias"
  • Noah Kellermain character in movie "The Ring"
  • Noahmain character in anime "Monsuno"
  • Noah Kingcharacter on animated series "Noah and Saskia"
  • Noah Kuttlersupervillain in DC Comics
  • Noah Mayercharacter on soap "As the World Turns"
  • Noah Newmancharacter on soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Noah Nicholscharacter on TV's "Noah's Arc"
  • Noah Parkercharacter in animated series "Atomic Betty"
  • Noah Tatecharacter on British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Noah Taylorcharacter on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
  • Noahminor character on anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
  • Noahcharacter on animated series "Total Drama Island"
  • Noahcharacter in Anthony Horowitz's book series The Power of Five
  • Noah Jacksoncharacter on Family's "The Latest Buzz"
  • Noah Underwoodmain character in Carl Hiaasen's "Flush"
  • Noah Elliot Simon Shawcharacter from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Noah Fostera main character on MTV's "Scream: The TV Series"
  • "Noah" 2014 movie about the Biblical Noah
  • Noah Stilinskicharacter on MTV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Noah Flynncharacter in ''The kissing booth''
  • Noah de Clevedoncharacter in "The Madness" by Alison Rattle

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