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What does Noah mean?

Noah Pronunciation of Noah [noah] 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.

Associated with: peaceful, comforter, biblical, patriarch (leader), great, 17th century.


Noah has 5 variants: Knoa, Noach, Noak, Noe and Norrie.

Creative forms:
(male) Nerah, Nove, ..

(female) Noahi, Nobi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Noah Jamie (N.J.), ..

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. Demographics)

Noah reached its apex rank of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent varying form of Noah (#1 in recent rankings) is Noe (#629 in recent rankings). Adoption of these relations of Noah was common among parents in 2014 (median #288) and has remained as widespread to this day (#315, 2% more usage). Noah has been the recurring favorite, though Noe has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Noah, Noe in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Noah is pronounced similarly to Nye. Other suggested similar names are Jonah, Nap, Nash, Nat, Neal, Nial, Niaz, Njal, Noam, Noel, Nolan, Noll, Noor, Norm and Nour. These names tend to be less commonly used than Noah.

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