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Quick Facts on Noah

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 1
Simple meaning:
Rest, comfort, peace-maker

Characteristics of Noah

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Noah

The origin of the name Noah is not completely certain. Most etymologists believe the name is derived from the Hebrew “Noach” (נוֹחַ) which means “rest” or “comfort.” When you think about it, this meaning seems to be supported by the Bible (Genesis 5:29). As Noah’s own father says: "this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands." As we all know, Noah is a significant and central character in the Book of Genesis, selected by God Himself as a good and righteous man who alone with his family and all species of animals two-by-two are spared from extinction in the Great Flood. As instructed by Yahweh, Noah built a great Ark which carried them all to safety. Afterwards, as a sign of His covenant, the Lord placed a rainbow in the sky; and a dove brought Noah an olive branch as a symbol of impending peace. According to the Bible, all Homo sapiens are descended from Noah’s children. Always popular among Jewish people, the name Noah was eventually adopted by the Puritans and other religious dissenters after the Protestant Reformation. Noah is now a name enjoyed universally among Jews and Christians alike (as well as people without religious affiliations). Today Noah is a massively popular baby boy’s name throughout the Western World. It’s #1 in Belgium, #2 in Denmark, #5 in the United States, #7 in Australia, #9 in Norway and Canada, #11 in Northern Ireland, #15 in France and #18 in England. It’s also a Top 40 choice among people of the Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Sweden and Scotland.

Popularity of the Name Noah

Although the name has remained uninterrupted on the American male naming charts for well over a century, Noah has enjoyed a particular revival starting in the mid-1990's on up through today. In 1970, Noah was barely ranked in the top 500 most popular male first names in America. Today, that ranking has shot up to the Top 10. Especially in the past decade, Noah has become ultra-trendy and extremely popular. Part of the name's attraction lies in its optimistic Biblical roots, but it also has an unmistakable sweet, boyish charm. Adding to the name’s appeal is the fact that it's essentially nickname-proof.
Popularity of the Boy Name Noah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Noah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Noah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Noah

    Noah (The Biblical Story) Clearly, the most notable and recognized Noah is from the Book of Genesis 6-9. In the Genesis account, Noah saves his family and representatives of all animals in groups of two or seven from the flood. While the Great Deluge and Noah's Ark are the best-known elements of the Noah tradition, Noah is also mentioned in Genesis as the "first husbandman" and possibly the inventor of wine. The account of Noah is the subject of much elaboration and has been immensely influential in Western culture. Noah was the son of Lamech who named him Noah because he would bring rest from toil on the land which God had cursed (a reference to the curse God placed on the earth following Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden). In his five hundredth year Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. When Noah was six hundred years old, God, saddened at the wickedness of mankind, decided to send a Great Flood to destroy all life. But he saw that Noah was a righteous man, and so He instructed him to build an ark and gather himself and his family with every type of animal, male and female. "Be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly on the earth and multiply in it." And as a sign of his covenant, he set the rainbow in the sky.

  • Popular Songs on Noah

    Popular Songs on Noah

    Just Like Noah's Ark - A song by Elton John

    Noah - A song sung by Frank Sinatra

    Noah - Also a song by Harry Belafonte

    Noah's Dove - A song by 10,000 Maniacs

    Noah's Journey - by Aaron Zigman from "The Notebook" movie soundtrack

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Noah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Noah

    Noah's Ark by Peter Spier - This multiple award winning children's book tells the biblical Noah's Ark story mainly by way of detail-packed, colorful illustrations. It's been called a "triumph." Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Noah's Trees by Bijou Le Tord - Author Le Tord offers a fresher look at the old story of Noah's Ark. It introduces the young reader to this humble and faithful servant to God. Beautifully illustrated. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick - Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed? This is a fast-paced story about teamwork. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The View from Saturday by E.L. Kognisburg - Four unlikely students (Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian) become bonded together when their teacher chooses them to represent their class in an Academic Bowl competition. This 1996 Newbery Medal winner is a touching story of friendship, compassion, growth, and the importance of telling your story. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Why Noah Chose the Dove by Isaac B. Singer - Children will delight in this story in which all the different animals praise their own special qualities so that each will be assured a place on Noah's Ark. Noah takes a particular liking to the dove. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Noah

    Famous People Named Noah

    Famous People Named Noah - Noah Webster (American lexicographer); Noah Wyle (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Noah

    Children of Famous People Named Noah

    Famous People who Named their Son Noah - Billy Ray Cyrus (musician); Boris Becker (tennis player); Craig T. Nelson (actor); Debra Winger (actress); Jason Alexander (actor); Kim Alexis (model)

  • Historic Figures

    Noah - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Noah

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Noah

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