Gender: Female Meaning of Naomi: "pleasantness" Origin of Naomi: Hebrew Naomi's Popularity in 2018: #64

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.

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Rank in US: #64

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Naomi's International Variations

Noémie (French) Noemi (Spanish)


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