What does Noah mean?
Noah /noah/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name is pronounced NOH-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Noah is "peaceful".
Also possibly "long-lived", "comforter", or "wanderer". Biblical: the patriarch survivor of the Great Flood who drifted in the ark for 40 days of rain. According to the biblical account, all the world's nations are descended from Noah's three sons. The name has been steadily used since the 17th century. Actor Noah Wyle.
How popular is Noah?
Noah is a very prominent first name for males (#458 out of 1220, Top 37%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#6368 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Noah for boys. Noah reached its apex rank of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
The only other prominent varying form of Noah (#1 in 2014) is Noe (#575 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names reached its highest in 2005 (usage of 0.773%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.712%, 7.9% less). Noah (#1) and Noe (#575) are two of the more fashionable boy names among these, with Noah having a revival in popularity. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Noah and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Noam. This name tends to be less commonly used than Noah.