SEE-lah, SAY-lah
"praise, pause"

Selah Origin and Meaning

The name Selah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "praise, pause".

The name is derived from the term commonly used in the Book of Psalms, which has a many Hebrew scholars in confusion over its meaning. Given its context in the Bible, Selah is likely to mean "to praise" or "pause and reflect upon what has just been said." Lauryn Hill used this name for her daughter. It is the last word in Anita Diamant's novel The Red Tent.

# 303 in the US

Selah Rank in US Top 1000

# 255 on Nameberry

Selah Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Selah Popularity

Famous People Named Selah

  • Selah Sue (born Sanne Greet A. Putseys)Belgian singer,songwriter
  • Selah Louise Marley (b. 1998)daughter of singer Lauryn Hill

Selah in Pop Culture

  • Selah TarrantVerena's mother in The Bostonians (1886) by Henry James
  • Selahcontemporary Christian vocal band
  • Selah Strongmale character on TV's "Turn"
  • "Selah" song by Lauryn Hill
  • "Selah" song by Emeli Sande
  • "Selah" song by Kanye West