Girl Baby Name

Naomi

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Quick Facts on Naomi

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 87
Pronunciation:
nay-OH-mee
Simple meaning:
Pleasant, sweet

Characteristics of Naomi

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Naomi

The name Naomi is borne from the Bible as the wise mother-in-law of Ruth, and her name is from the Hebrew word for “pleasant, sweet.” After losing both her sons and her husband, she sets off for Bethlehem with Ruth asking the townspeople to call her “Mara” (meaning ‘bitter’) instead of Naomi, “because the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” (Ruth 1:20). In Bethlehem, Naomi helps to orchestrate the marriage between Ruth and Boaz, a land-owning relative, and goes onto help raise their son. She gives new meaning to the words “mother-in-law”! The given name Naomi has been traditionally used by Jewish people, but it has become more wide-spread since the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Naomi

In America, Naomi does not enter the Top 100 list of most-favored girls’ names until 2010, although it has remained on the charts for over a century. The low-point for the name’s usage came in the 1950s, 60s and 70s during which time it was bestowed upon little girls very moderately. By the 1990s, the name starts to show an upswing in popularity. Between 1991 and 2010, Naomi has increased over 200 positions on the charts, and finally landed into the Top 100. Who’s surprised? It’s a beautifully, delicate name that brings to life its etymology: sweet and pleasant. Just beware. Sophomoric young boys have indicated to us the name’s backward spelling (I moan). If you can set aside this childish silliness, then embrace the name. It’s old-school yet modern. A beautiful choice for a girl’s name. Soft, delicate, and lyrical.
Popularity of the Girl Name Naomi
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Naomi

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Naomi

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Naomi

    Naomi We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Naomi.

  • Popular Songs on Naomi

    Popular Songs on Naomi

    Naomi - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Naomi.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Naomi

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Naomi

    Alan and Naomi (Myron Levoy) - It’s 1944 in New York City. Alan Silverman doesn’t want to give up his stickball game for anyone—especially not for crazy-acting Naomi Kirshenbaum. But when he hears about her horrifying experience during the war in France, Alan changes his mind. Slowly, he struggles to befriend her, and one day—miraculously—she begins to trust him. Alan finds she is not only intelligent, but also fun to be with. But the scars of war are still very much with Naomi. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Naomi Judd's Guardian Angels (Naomi Judd) - The words to the Judds' song cast a child's ancestors Elijah and Fanny in the role of her Guardian Angels. While the text has the general feel of a country song, Andreasen's illustrations tell a more specific story. A young girl wakes up on her grandmother's farm, spends the day saying a tearful good-bye to the animals and her grandmother, and then packs up and moves to the city with her parents. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Naomi Wants to Know: Letters from a Little Girl to the Big Big World (Naomi Shavin) - These are the simple, heartfelt questions any young child might ask. And the responses are uniformly charming and instructive. Naomi's correspondents include an earthworm scientist, the Tooth Fairy, Roy Disney, the National Hurricane Center, Evander Holyfield, and Madeleine Albright. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Naomi's Song (Selma Kritzer Silverberg) - The late Silverberg’s novel embellishes the biblical story of Ruth, imagining a mistreated orphan Naomi, who grows to womanhood as a burden in her uncle’s home. Rescued by her marriage to the shepherd Elimelek, Naomi is blissfully happy until a famine forces the young family to flee Bethlehem for Moab. Naomi’s husband and sons die, leaving her destitute except for her faithful daughter-in-law, Ruth; they return to Bethlehem, where Ruth remarries, securing both their futures. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Naomi's Tree (Joy Kogawa) - Based on Kogawa’s childhood experience, this spare, moving picture book tells of a Japanese Canadian family in Vancouver during World War II. The grandchild of immigrants, Naomi is just six years old in 1942 when war breaks out with Japan. Mama, visiting her sick grandmother in Japan, cannot return, and Naomi never sees her again. Naomi’s family is declared the enemy, and their property is confiscated by the Canadian government. The simple words and soft-edged pencil illustrations, washed in color, focus on the family’s beloved cherry tree, which becomes a metaphor, delicate and powerful, for roots: long ago, Naomi’s immigrant family brought seeds with them and planted the tree, which blossomed and grew through the generations. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Ruth and Naomi (Jean Marzollo) - Another Bible story vividly and refreshingly retold by Jean Marzollo introduces the widowed Ruth, who remains loyal to her mother-in-law Naomi, travels to a new city, and finally finds comfort and joy with farmer Boaz. This hopeful story of courage and loyalty shows how happiness can come about in unexpected ways. Vibrant illustrations accompany the moving story, and small rabbit characters at the bottom of each page offer lively commentary. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Tell It to Naomi (Daniel Ehrenhaft) - Dave, a self-described "gangly, unglamorous 15-year-old," is an unlikely advice columnist. But a series of misunderstandings and a powerful crush lead to his secret gig as the author of "Dear Naomi," a column ostensibly written by his "glamorous" older sister. As the column's popularity grows, so does Dave's loneliness, as he struggles with his secret, grows apart from his best friend, and admires his crush from afar. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Naomi

    Famous People Named Naomi

    Famous People Named Naomi - Naomi Campbell (model); Naomi Judd (country musician); Naomi Wolf (American author); Naomi Watts (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Naomi

    Children of Famous People Named Naomi

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Naomi - Joseph Biden (politician); Stephen King (author)

  • Historic Figures

    Naomi - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Naomi - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Naomi.

Personality of the Girl Name Naomi

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

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