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Top Baby Names Starting with N

Baby names starting with N are led by Noah, the former top boy name and current king of biblical names. The female version, Noa, is one of the most popular names in its native Israel and is quickly rising up the charts in the US. But it’s actually Nora that holds the title of the top N name for girls. The quiet classic is experiencing a well-deserved revival and is now more popular than ever before.

Along with Nora, other girl names beginning with N in the US Top 300 include Natalie, Nova, Naomi, Nevaeh, and Noelle. Along with Noah, other boy names starting with N in the US Top 300 include Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nathaniel, and Nash.

20th century favorites Nancy and Nadine, Ned and Norman are still in a style limbo, but we think they deserve a fresh look. Some surprisingly underused names with the N initial include the lovely Hawaiian Noelani, unisex word name Navy, and charming vintage Nell.

Here, view our full lineup of baby names starting with N. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Noah

    Noah was derived from the Hebrew name Noach, which itself came from the root nuach, meaning “rest.” In the bible, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to... Read More 

  • Nora

    Nora has two separate origin stories, as a derivative of both Honora and Eleanor. The Irish and Anglo-Norman version derives from Honora, based on the Latin word honor. The Hungarians... Read More 

  • Natalie

    Natalie is the French variation of Natalia, a name originally derived from the Latin phrase natale domini, meaning “birthday of the Lord.” It was historically given to girls born around... Read More 

  • Nova

    Nova is a name that has the feel of both newness, from his meaning, and great energy from being an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades.

    Nova... Read More 

  • Nathan

    Nathan was derived from the name Natan, which came from Hebrew verb natan, meaning “gave.” In the Old Testament, Nathan was the name of a prophet and also that of one of King David's... Read More 

  • Naomi

    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 More 

  • Nolan

    Nolan is one of the rising Irish surname names, in the spirit of Conan and Ronan, partially inspired by pitcher Nolan Ryan-- who was named Lynn at birth, after his father. Nolan is a cheerful,... Read More 

  • Nicholas

    Nicholas is derived from the Greek Nikolaos, a name that evolved from the components nikē, meaning “victory”, and laos, “people.” It shares origins with Nike, the name of the... Read More 

  • Nevaeh

    Nevaeh has had phenomenal success since singer Sonny Sandoval introduced the idea of turning Heaven around and using it as a baby name. Especially popular with religious parents, Nevaeh has been... Read More 

  • Natalia

    Natalia was derived from the Latin word natalis, meaning “birthday.” It refers to the birthday of Jesus Christ, and thus originated as a name for girls born on Christmas Day. Related... Read More