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What does Naomi mean?

Naomi Pronunciation of Naomi [nao-mi] as a girls' name is pronounced nay-OH-mee. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Naomi is "pleasant". Biblical: an ancestress of Jesus, who after her sons Mahlon (whom Ruth was married to) and Chilion died, said, "Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me". The name came into English-speaking use in the 18th century. Noémi (no-AY-mee) is the Spanish form. Actress Naomi Watts.

Associated with: biblical, 18th century.


Naomi has 10 variants: Naoma, Naomia, Naomie, Navit, Nayomi, Neoma, Neomi, Noami, Noemi and Noemie.

1 more alternative form via Mara: Mari.

Creative forms:
(female) Naomis, Nemi, ..

(male) Naome, Naoni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Naomi Lyla (N.L.), ..

How popular is Naomi?

Naomi is a very prominent first name for females (#274 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Naomi reached its top rank of #77 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Naomi name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Naomi outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mara (#739 from current records), Mari, Naoma, Naomia, Neoma, Neomi, Noemi (#778) and Noemie are the popular variation forms of Naomi (#77 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Naomi reached its peak in 2012 (usage of 0.3%) and has remained as conventional to this day (usage 0.3%, 3.9% less), but with the form Mari becoming less fashionable. Mara, Naomi and Noemi are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Naomi, Mara, Mari, Naoma, Naomia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neoma, Neomi, Noemi, Noemie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Naomi outside U.S.

Similar Names

Naomi is alike in pronunciation to Naama, Naeema, Naima, Naimah, Neema, Neima, Neomah and Nioma. Other suggested similar names are Cami, Cammi, Carmi, Jaimi, Jami, Kami, Kammi, Laxmi, Maemi, Nanci, Nani, Nanni, Nari, Noni, Romi, Salomi, Sami, Sammi, Tami and Tammi. These names tend to be less frequently used than Naomi.

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