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Gender: M Meaning of Noah: "rest; wandering" Origin of Noah: Hebrew Noah's Popularity in 2016: #1

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 has maintained its top ranking each of the past three years.

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.

Famous People Named Noah

Noah, Biblical ark-builder
Noah Webster, American lexicographer
Noah Nicholas Beery, American actor
Noah Lindsey Beery, American actor
Noah Strausser Speer Wyle, American actor
Noah Mills, Canadian-American male model
Noah Raymond Brickley aka Noah23, Canadian-American rapper
Noah Munck, American actor
Noah Benjamin Lennox aka Panda Bear, American musician of Animal Collective
Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor and pianist
Noah George Taylor, English-Australian actor
Noah Baumbach, American film director
Noah Shebib aka 40, Canadian music producer
Noah Sierota, American bassist for band Echosmith
Noah Lowry, American baseball pitcher
Noah Edelman (b. 1978), son of singer Jackie DeShannon and Randy Edelman
Noah Hutton (b. 1987), son of actors Timothy Hutton and Debra Winger
Noah Becker (b. 1994), son of model Barbara Becker and tennis player Boris Becker
Noah Duguay (b. 1995), son of model Kim Alexis and ice hockey player Ron Duguay
Noah Tinsley (b. 1999), son of violinist Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band
Noah Weiland (b. 2000), son of late singer Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots
Noah Yorke (b. 2001), son of singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Noah Vaughn Atwood (b. 2003), son of YouTuber Roman Atwood
Noah Corfield (b. 2004), son of actress Sunetra Sarker and Nick Corfield
Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (b. 2007), Prince of Luxembourg, son of Prince Louis
Noah Graves (b. 2007), son of English actor Rupert Graves
Noah Shaaban (b. 2008), son of footballer Rami Shaaban
Noah Angel Solomon (b. 2009), octuplet of Octomom Nadya Suleman
Noah Roger Deffenbaugh (b. 2009), son of singer Jo Dee Messina
Noah Nicholas Martin Evans (b. 2009), son of TV presenter Chris Evans
Noah Monteiro (b. 2009), son of racing driver Tiago Monteiro
Noah James Finder (b. 2010), son of Jordan Ward-Finder and Brian Finder of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
Noah Matthew Smith (b. 2010), son of Jennifer del Rio and Joshua Smith of TV's "16 and Pregnant;" twin of brother Joshua Devan Smith
Noah Shannon Green (b. 2012), son of actors Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox
Noah Rev Maurer (b. 2012), son of actor Josh Lucas
Noah Phoenix Mazur (b. 2012), son of model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio
Noah Buble (b. 2013), son of singer Michael Buble
Noah Santiago Tisdelle (b. 2013), son of actress Michelle Morgan and Derek Tisdelle
Noah Vick (b. 2014), son of TV personality Kalenna Harper and Tony Vick
Noah Murphy (b. 2014), son of baseball player Daniel Murphy
Noah Dalton (b. 2014), son of NFL player Andy Dalton
Noah Soares (b. 2015), son of tennis player Bruno Soares
Noah Atweh (b. 2015), son of singers Sandy Molling and Nasri Tony Atweh
Noah Grossman, American YouTuber and member of Smosh
Noah Gregory Centineo, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Noah

Noah Puckerman, character on Fox's "Glee"
Noah Calhoun, main character in book/movie "The Notebook"
Noah St. Clair, military surgeon and Velvare's messenger in "The Silver Eye," a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Noah MacManus, father from the Boondock Saints movie series
Noah Bennet, character on NBC's "Heroes"
Noah Claypole, character in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist
Noah (or Noa) Kaiba, character from anime ""Yu-Gi-Oh!"
Noah Curtis, character in the movie "2012"
Noah Sweetwine, character in Jandy Nelson's "I'll Give You The Sun"
Noah Gallagher, main character in Betsy Cornwell's "Tides"
Noah Czerny from Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Cycle"
Noah Lawson, character in Australian soap "Home & Away"
Noah Vosen, character in movie "The Bourne Ultimatum"
Noah and the Whale, English indie folk band
Noah Beckett, main character on TV's "Second Noah"
Noah Daniels, character on Fox's "24"
Noah Drake, character on soap "General Hospital"
Noah Bennett, character on NBC's "Passions"
Noah fon Ronsenburg aka Gabranth, character in video game "Final Fantasy XII"
Noah Joad, character in book/movie "The Grapes of Wrath"
Noah Hicks, character on ABC's "Alias"
Noah Keller, main character in movie "The Ring"
Noah, main character in anime "Monsuno"
Noah King, character on animated series "Noah and Saskia"
Noah Kuttler, supervillain in DC Comics
Noah Mayer, character on soap "As the World Turns"
Noah Newman, character on soap "The Young and the Restless"
Noah Nichols, character on TV's "Noah's Arc"
Noah Parker, character in animated series "Atomic Betty"
Noah Tate, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Noah Taylor, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Noah, minor character on anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Noah, character on animated series "Total Drama Island"
Noah, character in Anthony Horowitz's book series The Power of Five
Noah Jackson, character on Family's "The Latest Buzz"
Noah Underwood, main character in Carl Hiaasen's "Flush"
Noah Elliot Simon Shaw, character from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Noah Foster, a main character on MTV's "Scream: The TV Series"
"Noah," 2014 movie about the Biblical Noah

Noé, Noach, Noak, Noe, Noi

Noah's International Variations

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