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, at Number 77, at an all-time popularity peak after breaking the top 100 for the first time in 2010.
Naomi's biblical reference is the wise mother-in-law of Ruth, and because of this it is a symbolic name given to girls on Shavuot when the Old Testament story of Ruth is read in the synagogue.
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.
The lovely French version is Noemie, in Italian Noemi.