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What does Naomi mean?

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.

Naomi has 1 more alternative form via Mara: Mari.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Naoni, Nemi, ..

(male) Naome, Naoni, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Naomi for girls. Naomi reached its top rank of #80 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Naomi and affiliated names. Mara (#695 from current records), Mari, Naoma, Naomia, Neoma, Neomi, Noemi (#726) and Noemie are the popular variation forms of Naomi (#80 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%, 3.8% 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.