Naomi Origin and Meaning

The name Naomi is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pleasantness".

Naomi was once a primarily Jewish name from the Old Testament that referenced the mother-in-law of Ruth. Because of this, it is a symbolic name given to girls on Shavuot when the story of Ruth is read in the synagogue.

The French version is Noemie, in Italian Noemi. Naomi also has separate Japanese origins as a unisex name meaning "straight and beautiful."

This long-quiet Old Testament name seems to finally be finding favor with parents seeking a biblical name with a soft, melodic sound and a positive meaning, suddenly sounding fresher than the widely used Sarah, Rachel, and Rebecca. It's now more popular than ever after breaking the Top 100 for the first time in 2010.

Beautiful black model Naomi Campbell and blond actress Naomi Watts have helped the modernization. Other namesakes are singer Naomi Judd and feminist writer Naomi Wolf.

# 44 in the US

Naomi Rank in US Top 1000

# 121 on Nameberry

Naomi Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Naomi Popularity

Famous People Named Naomi

  • NaomiBiblical mother,in,law of Ruth
  • Naomi Elaine CampbellBritish model and actress
  • Naomi Ellen WattsBritish/Australian actress
  • Diana Ellen "Naomi" JuddAmerican singer,songwriter and activist
  • Naomi ScottEnglish actress and singer
  • Naomi Smallsstage name of Davis Heppenstall, American drag queen of "Rupaul's Drag Race"
  • Naomi R. WolfAmerican feminist author
  • Naomi Ruth SimsAmerican model, businesswoman, and author
  • Naomi NovikAmerican writer
  • Naomi Foner GyllenhaalAmerican screenwriter
  • Naomi SchorAmerican literary critic and theorist
  • Naomi Shihab NyeAmerican poet and novelist
  • Naomi Scottwriter and wife of actor Adam Scott
  • Naomiring name of Trinity McCray, American pro wrestler
  • Tamlyn Naomi TomitaJapanese,born American actress and singer
  • Naomi Rachel King (b. 1970)daughter of novelist Stephen King
  • Naomi Christina Bidenlate daughter of U.S. VP Joe Biden
  • Naomi Bidengranddaughter of Joe Biden, daughter of Hunter Biden; named after her late aunt, Naomi
  • Naomi Cooper (b. 2008)daughter of dancers Adam Cooper and Sarah Wildor
  • Naomi Costa (b. 2011)daughter of dancer Ashly DelGrosso and Mike Costa
  • Naomi Wallace (b. 2014)daughter of TV personalities Christinna Cook and Dalonte Wallace of "16 and Pregnant"

Naomi in Pop Culture

  • Naomi Lapagliacharacter in film "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Naomi Clarkcharacter on TV's "90210"
  • Naomi Leoncharacter in Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Naomi Nickelmain character in "A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews
  • Naomi Paige Portercharacter in "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"
  • Naomi Campbellcharacter on British TV series "Skins"
  • Naomicharacter on TV's "Private Practice"
  • Naomicharacter on "Supernatural"
  • Naomi Dobson Townsendcharatcer from Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood
  • Naomi Nakashimacharacter in manga/anime/video game "Corpse Party"
  • Naomi 'Noomi' McCoolcharacter in Rainbow Rowell's Landline
  • Naomi Wildmancharacter on TV's "Star Trek: Voyager"
  • Naomi Turnercharacter on TV's "Elena of Avalor"
  • Naomi Rodriguezcharacter in the musical "21 Chump Street"
  • Naomi Harpercharacter on the sitcom "Mama's Family"
  • Naomi Misoracharacter in the manga/anime "Death Note"

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