Gender: Female Meaning of Naomi: "pleasantness" Origin of Naomi: Hebrew Naomi's Popularity in 2019: #59

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: #59

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Famous People Named Naomi

Pop Culture References for the name Naomi

Neoma, Nyomi, Naome, Niomi, Naomie, Naomia, Naoma, Nioma, Noami, Naomy, Naomee, Nomi, Neomi

Naomi's International Variations

Noémie (French) Noemi (Spanish)


ariel44 Says:


Naomi unisex?

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MidnightSky Says:


Gorgeous, I love Naomi.

KLS2 Says:


That's interesting that you say it's more common in Europe, because I'm in the US, and I've only ever heard it pronounced with the long "i" sound.

snowyowlgal Says:


I love this name but I can only think about the 'Skins' character Naomi Campbell

Leah_ Says:


I love this name! Beautiful!

Daiseymae Says:


Very pretty.

obow Says:


I never would have realized it either. Kids can be terrible. I still love the name tho!

Lizzy Lou Says:


The noe-mee pronunciation always reminds me of Showgirls. I prefer NAY-o-mi or nigh-OH-mee.

Lizzy Lou Says:


nigh-OH-mee is more often heard in Europe. Neither is incorrect.

Lizzy Lou Says:


Both. In the US, most people say NAY-o-mi. But you'll often hear Europeans say it nigh-OH-mee.

Analia Says:



indiefendi2 Says:


Naomi is also Japanese (and unisex there!) and means "beauty above all"

Plutophelia Says:


maybe as a middle name? Gosh that sucks, though.

Plutophelia Says:


I knew a Naomi and we spent elementary through high school in pretty much the same classes and no one ever made fun of her name. I was so jealous of her. It is such a gorgeous name.

EW314 Says:


There were a couple of Naomis in my year at school, and one in my circle of friends at university (in the UK, for reference). I think it's a nice, elegant name, and one you don't hear too often but everyone recognises. I slightly prefer the less common variants Noemi and Noomi, but just Naomi is also lovely. I've heard the nicknames Nay, Nay-Nay, Nomi and Nomes - I like Nomi best.

A word of warning: all the Naomis I've known pronounce their name "nay-OWE-mee", and people CONSTANTLY call them either "nigh-OWE-mee" or "NAY-uh-mee". It didn't seem to bother them but it really would me!!

iipostmvh Says:


You're right. I know a little Naomi pronounced neye-Omi. As you know it can be pronounced either way, I much prefer your pronunciation.

Nozomi Says:


My name is Nozomi ( no - zo - MEE which is japanese for "hope") lots of people make the mistake of pronouncing it like Naomi ( nay - oh - MEE ) but i also recieve lots of compliments on my name and I love how it is not popular at all! its not even on this website which makes me love it even more! And Nozomi is so unique that most kids cant find any way to make fun of it since it is so unheard and not like any word I can think of! - Nozomi A.

farmhouseblue Says:


She meant that she hates kids because they took the time to spell her name backwards just to make fun of her... meaning that kids put too much effort into being jerks. She wasn't being rude to naomirenee.

BrittynRose Says:


This is my name (pronounced Nay-omi) and I can't tell you how many times I've had it pronounce it differently; some of my relatives who have known me since birth still call me N-eye-omi! A positive though, is that I didn't meet another Naomi until my first year of university; I am incredibly grateful that I wasn't one of the kids in the class who had to have the initial of their last name tacked onto their first name, to distinguish them from others who shared their name.

kpearl8 Says:


Am I? Being rude to other people for some unclear wording doesn't make you appear very much more like an adult than naomirenee. It's an internet forum, not an english essay, there's no need to be a jerk over it.

Rush1986 Says:


are you misreading my response or something?

indiefendi2 Says:


Completely unrelated but I like Naoki. It has a pop to it.

kpearl8 Says:


Well, that's not a very mature response, is it?

Rush1986 Says:


i literally had to go spell this out on a piece of paper to figure out wtf you were taking about. God i hate kids.

headintheclouds Says:


I've always thought this was an unusual-sounding name, with a unique sound you can't quite find with other names. A very interesting biblical name choice, and I really like the way Naomi ends with -i. Naomi to me sounds regal and elegant yet also bright and energetic; I imagine a Naomi to be a all-rounder perfect high-achiever sort of woman. I prefer the pronunciations Noe-mee or Nee-oh-mee, not so into Nay-oh-mee (though I think the last pn is the most popular one).

Leah3456 Says:


I love how this name sounds. Also, it's nice that it is not too common.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I always found this to be so pretty!

scblovesnames Says:


I love this name, and its variation Noemi. So beautiful. As a first or a middle I'm not sure.

naomirenee Says:


From personal expirience it does in fact cause confusion. I used to correct people explaining it is nay-omi but I gave up because nearly everyone I met said it wrong.

naomirenee Says:


My name is Naomi and I really like my name but I just want to warn anyone thinking about naming their child this because of what it spell backwards I have been harassed all my life because of it.

flamingo Says:


Love this name! It's my daughter's name, and she's so fun-loving and sassy.

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Naomi because it's also Japanese but I like Noemi more.

Kibby Says:


Agreed. All I see is "I moan"

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Nope, I don't find anything appealing about this name too.

jordalini Says:


Unpopular opinion, am I the only person who just does not like this name?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


The Naomi I knew had her name pronounced nay-omi. So that's how I would pronounce it. But nothing's wrong with ny-omi if that's what you like.

Guest Says:


I hear it equally. I say nay-omi but I also hear ny-omi as well. I'm guessing it depends on the person.

Olivia Says:


Is it more often pronounced Ni-omi or Nay-omi? I love this name but wonder if it would cause confusion ...

gracexx Says:


This is my daughters name

Analia Says:


my go-to N name for a girl, sadly my sister named one of her daughters Noemi, so can't use it anymore :(

Plutophelia Says:


I love this name, I always thought it was so beautiful.

jan11th Says:


naomi from 90210 is allll i think about when i hear this

LucyNaomi Says:


I chose this as my Hebrew name (it was my grandmother's middle name) and I really like it. It is never unheard of, but never too popular. Has all sorts of good meanings in Hebrew.