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Meaning and Name Origin

Naomi \na(o)-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.


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

Naomi has 7 more alternative forms via Mara: Mahra, Marah, Maralina, Maralinda, Maraline, Mari and Marra.


Naomi is a very prominent first name for females (#274 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#69743 out of 88799, Top 79%). (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)

Top 1000 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 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 and is somewhat lower today, 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, with Naomi undergoing a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mara, Mari, Naoma, Naomi, Neoma, Noemi in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Naomi is alike in pronunciation to Naama, Naima and Nioma. Other suggested similar baby names are Nani, Nanni and Noni. These names tend to be less frequently used than Naomi.