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Gender: Male Meaning of Noah: "rest; wandering" Origin of Noah: Hebrew Noah's Popularity in 2018: #2

Noah Origin and Meaning

The name Noah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "rest; wandering".

Noah surprised the baby name world in 2013 to become the new Number 1 among baby boy names, unseating Jacob after a 13-year reign, and it maintained its top ranking for three years before dropping to Number 2 in 2017.

Noah, the name of the Old Testament patriarch of the ark, is one of those unexpected fashion hits. It seems Noah has definitely shaken off its ancient image. In 2009, Noah made it into the Top 10 for the first time in history, and then became the first new top boys' name of the 21st century.

As every Sunday school alumnus knows, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to survive the great flood sent to punish the wicked world: a righteous namesake. Noah has risen on the style charts along with other formerly long-beard names such as Abraham, Moses, and even Elijah, unthinkable a generation ago.

Actor Rupert Graves and singer Michael Buble both have sons named Noah. Billy Ray Cyrus, responsible for the name Miley, crossed gender lines to call another of his daughters Noah. The feminine homonym Noa -- which isn't a form of the Biblical male Noah (it's a separate female name from the Old Testament) -- is currently the most popular girls' name in Israel. And Noah itself, with its vowel ending, is evidence of the trend toward softer sounds in boys' names, along with brothers Joshua and Asher.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #2

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Famous People Named Noah

Pop Culture References for the name Noah

Noe, Noak, Noach, Noé, Noi

Noah's International Variations

Noé, Noé (Spanish) Noë, Noë (French) Nuh (Arabic)

Comments

axataras Says:

2018-03-04T04:17:31

I know I am gonna put myself out there with my statement... but I agree. To me though, a middle-aged Noah sounds like some random guy who's kind and that's all. It sounds dated to me. Very middle-age.

A young Noah sounds absoluely amazing tho. If you can promise me your boy's gonna grow up being adventerous and "fresh", then go for it! lol

Alaina Says:

2017-05-24T19:38:33

I love Noah.

Alaina Says:

2017-05-23T21:59:47

This is a good full name for Noah. Noah Broderick

Alaina Says:

2017-05-23T21:39:04

Noah is a alright name. But still such a smooth and handsome name!

indiefendi2 Says:

2017-05-22T17:22:17

I just can't wait for Liam to unseat Noah.

sunshinexoxo Says:

2017-04-26T21:54:05

I used to love this name but it's way to popular now.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-02T12:16:13

I prefer the Noa spelling for girls, but you're right that it suits both genders. I also feel that, whilst popularity can be a factor, if you really love a name, you should use it.

kittylover777 Says:

2017-02-02T06:59:53

I don't care whether Noah is way too popular! I love the name! When I think Noah, I think strong and quiet and mature. Even though I've only ever known a girl Noah, I think the name suits both genders.

CCB Says:

2016-12-20T19:48:48

Noah is a very nice name, but I cannot meet one more kid named Noah!! Where I live, it feels as though every single boy under the age of three is destined to be "Noah H." or "Noah J." for the rest of their lives. I know SIX Noah's under the age of five in just my friendship circle alone.

stella2007 Says:

2016-11-18T14:48:18

Love the name! I'm worried it will become the new John of our time. I'm worried it might become too common and basic. But I still love the name a lot.

LV51sfan91 Says:

2016-10-19T07:39:07

It means comfort too right? Ok boy name. Great biblical choice!

kxlly0614 Says:

2016-09-18T13:20:09

It's a nice name, much better than many trendy boy names out there. But I can't imagine this name on a middle aged man. I always imagine a young boy with this name, probably because of the popularity. I still think of Noah as a nice name, but I have other names I like better!

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2016-05-05T12:57:35

It's still pretty high on the popularity list even where I come from, but right now, I adore this name :)

zenithstarr Says:

2016-02-21T22:02:37

My fiances name is Noah and it fits him perfectly :) it reminds me of the sounds of running water

AlexxisLynn Says:

2016-02-14T13:58:32

I like it. Although I don't fancy the popularity.

KC Says:

2015-10-08T00:13:00

I love this name so much. I'm not a huge stickler for popularity, but as a teacher, I've just known way too many Noahs.

ASHDAVIS1229 Says:

2015-07-14T15:24:46

My son is named Noah Henry too. I adore it!

beanster Says:

2015-06-08T20:57:49

Love the name!

Leah3456 Says:

2014-12-29T04:27:05

This name is so handsome and soft-sounding.

Addie88 Says:

2014-11-20T00:06:13

It's too soft, and way too popular.

jordalini Says:

2014-10-15T00:12:45

I love the sound of this, but I would prefer it on a girl. Noach is the Hebrew male, and Noa is Hebrew for the female version, when translated to English in the bible both are spelled Noah, which is closer to the female Hebrew spelling and sound, which makes me feel like it is more of a girl's name than a boys. Although I would never name a girl Noah, because that would be cruel, and I still really like the name on boys

amymorgan777 Says:

2014-04-10T02:30:39

My son's name is Noah Henry....I just love it! :-)