What does Naomi mean?
Naomi /nao-mi/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
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)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Naomi and affiliated names. Mara (#695 the previous year), Mari, Naoma, Neoma and Noemi (#726) are the popular variation forms of Naomi (#80 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.2947%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2498%, 15.2% less), with the forms Mari and Neoma becoming less fashionable. Mara (#695), Naomi (#80) and Noemi (#726) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation, and there is also a rekindling in baby name usage for Naomi. (2014 Birth Statistics)