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When hearing the name Noah, you may first think of the Biblical character from the Old Testament who built the ark. If you do not think of him, you may think of the singer Noah Cyrus, whose sister is Miley Cyrus. No matter what Noah means to you, this name is in the number two spot, where it has remained for the past several years on the Social Security Index.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Noah:

Noah comes from the Hebrew name Noach that comes from the Hebrew word “nuach”. Each of these Hebrew terms means “rest,” and Noah was able to rest in the Old Testament after he saved two of every animal and his family on the ark from the flood in Genesis. The name did become popular for boys during the Protestant Reformation, but in more recent years, it has become a name for girls too. The name means “repose, peace” in addition to “rest”.

Symbolism of the Name Noah:

Noah means “rest” or “peace” as the Noah of the Bible is said to have brought rest and peace to God. God wiped out the earth with a flood due to evil according to the Old Testament, but Noah was able to bring peace back through saving his family and the animals via the ark.

Nicknames for the Name Noah:

Think that there aren't any nicknames that can be derived from Noah? Think again! There are plenty of options for prospective parents to pick from. Here are our favorites:

  • Nono
  • No
  • Noey
  • Nor
  • Neo 
  • Nah
  • Oah
  • Noel 
  • Noes
  • Nah-Nah
  • Ahz
  • Ahzzie
  • Noz
Baby name Noah

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Gender of the Name Noah:

The baby name Noah was originally for males, but in more modern years, it has become popular for females.

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Emotion Evoked From the Name Noah:

Noah is a powerful and classic name. It is simple, but it feels strong.

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Popularity of the Name Noah:

Noah has been on the top 10 list of the Social Security Index since 2009, and it has been on the top five list since 2011. It held the number one spot from the years 2013 to 2016. It has only fallen to number two, however, and has remained there since 2017.

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Famous People with the Name Noah:

  • Noah Cyrus (singer, “July”)
  • Noah Centineo (actor, “To All the Boys I've Loved Before”)
  • Noah Beery (actor, “The Trail Beyond”)
  • Noah Wyle (actor, “Falling Skies”)
  • Noah Mills (professional model)
  • Noah Munck (actor, “iCarly”)
  • Noah Lennox (musician from Animal Collective)
  • Noah Puckerman (character on “Glee”)
  • Noah Calhoun (character from “The Notebook”)
  • Noah MacManus (character from “Boondock Saints”)
  • Noah Claypole (character from “Oliver Twist” book)
  • Noah Gallagher (character from “Tides”)
  • Noah Kaiba (character from “Yu, Gi, Oh!”)
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