Noah Name Meaning

Swoonworthy yet strong, Noah is a sweet spot name for many parents. He checks off all the boxes when it comes to a great name, being familiar, easy to spell, and easy to pronounce. Little Noah is also a Biblical choice, a major bonus for others.

Noah rose from relative obscurity to the top of the charts in the 2000s, perhaps helped by a certain dreamboat in The Notebook. He’s no doubt a favorite thanks to his soft sound and lovely meaning, a gentle name in a sea of strongmen. He’s in great company, seeing that Liam and Elijah are also there right alongside him. Like his meaning, he’s easy, relaxed, and effortlessly cool.

Noah will continue to shine bright among the endless options, pairing strong roots with friendly appeal. He isn’t harsh on the ear or so far out there he can’t be harnessed, a problem often encountered in ancient names. He’s also easily bounced from language to language, holding onto his charm along the way.

Noah is unlimited in his potential, a name fit for a hero and an artist alike. Despite his recent gains in popularity, he’s still an unconventional choice, standing apart from the Williams and Johns of yesteryear. He’s also incredibly flexible, pairing well with almost any middle name selection. Feel free to keep it classic with Noah Thomas or get wild with Noah Fox. Either way, small but mighty Noah can handle it.

Infographic of Noah name meaning, which is Noah means to rest and is of Hebrew origin.
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Noah Name Popularity

How popular is the name Noah? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Noah was the 2nd most popular boys name, representing 1.3296% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Noah has been the 80th most popular boys name, representing 0.26% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 266 44 0.0125%
1911 309 40 0.0107%
1912 336 88 0.0175%
1913 336 109 0.0192%
1914 340 150 0.0215%
1915 388 155 0.0171%
1916 345 209 0.0216%
1917 377 180 0.018%
1918 360 222 0.0207%
1919 351 220 0.021%
1920 367 222 0.02%
1921 373 224 0.0196%
1922 386 210 0.0188%
1923 357 235 0.021%
1924 376 217 0.0187%
1925 402 185 0.0164%
1926 371 210 0.0191%
1927 380 203 0.0183%
1928 445 145 0.0136%
1929 390 182 0.0176%
1930 406 167 0.016%
1931 402 158 0.016%
1932 426 138 0.014%
1933 399 148 0.0159%
1934 449 119 0.0123%
1935 392 147 0.0151%
1936 459 112 0.0116%
1937 471 105 0.0107%
1938 461 116 0.0113%
1939 470 104 0.0102%
1940 463 117 0.011%
1941 472 117 0.0104%
1942 463 137 0.0108%
1943 493 121 0.0093%
1944 456 137 0.0111%
1945 517 96 0.0079%
1946 577 84 0.0057%
1947 519 132 0.0079%
1948 525 116 0.0073%
1949 530 118 0.0073%
1950 519 126 0.0078%
1951 524 125 0.0074%
1952 586 98 0.0056%
1953 539 130 0.0073%
1954 643 86 0.0047%
1955 646 87 0.0047%
1956 636 100 0.0053%
1957 625 105 0.0055%
1958 630 103 0.0054%
1959 627 108 0.0057%
1960 670 88 0.0046%
1961 675 83 0.0044%
1962 657 90 0.0049%
1963 700 77 0.0043%
1964 644 98 0.0056%
1965 667 79 0.0048%
1966 598 110 0.007%
1967 605 109 0.0072%
1968 595 120 0.008%
1969 501 195 0.0127%
1970 453 280 0.0176%
1971 374 427 0.0284%
1972 385 376 0.0276%
1973 344 452 0.0349%
1974 324 507 0.039%
1975 313 540 0.042%
1976 325 502 0.0389%
1977 282 655 0.0486%
1978 278 664 0.0494%
1979 239 885 0.0628%
1980 241 900 0.0616%
1981 178 1,390 0.0946%
1982 153 1,814 0.1214%
1983 171 1,527 0.1035%
1984 195 1,219 0.0819%
1985 217 1,092 0.0719%
1986 225 1,023 0.0678%
1987 233 969 0.0635%
1988 229 1,042 0.0669%
1989 217 1,234 0.0765%
1990 228 1,291 0.0779%
1991 224 1,300 0.0798%
1992 214 1,407 0.0881%
1993 202 1,489 0.0955%
1994 159 2,069 0.1348%
1995 100 3,820 0.2535%
1996 50 7,182 0.4797%
1997 38 9,272 0.6269%
1998 29 13,409 0.8959%
1999 24 14,920 0.9963%
2000 27 14,270 0.9341%
2001 28 13,482 0.8948%
2002 31 12,066 0.8052%
2003 31 11,834 0.7779%
2004 29 11,904 0.781%
2005 23 13,892 0.9086%
2006 15 16,330 1.0429%
2007 14 16,590 1.0515%
2008 15 15,785 1.0213%
2009 9 17,244 1.1537%
2010 7 16,447 1.1413%
2011 5 16,854 1.183%
2012 4 17,346 1.2173%
2013 1 18,241 1.2812%
2014 1 19,286 1.3237%
2015 1 19,613 1.348%
2016 1 19,082 1.3235%
2017 2 18,326 1.3131%
2018 2 18,267 1.3296%

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Names Like Noah

If you like Noah, you’ll love these other names like Noah.


What names are diminutives of Noah?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Noah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Noah, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Noe

Peaceful

Hebrew

#655 (0.0234%)  

What names are variants of Noah?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Noah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Knoa

Peaceful

Hebrew

Noach

Peaceful

Hebrew

Noak

Peaceful

Hebrew

Norrie

Peaceful

Hebrew


What names sound like Noah?

If you like how Noah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Noah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Noam

Beautiful, good-looking

Hebrew

#1,216 (0.006%)  
Noda

Famous, Recognized

Hebrew

Nodin

Windy Day

Native American

Noel

Christmas

French

#401 (0.0542%)  
Nolan

Child of nobility

Irish

#64 (0.4081%)  
Novak
#2,477 (0.0005%)  

What names are similar to Noah?

Find a name that’s like Noah, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

#7 (0.9379%)  
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

#13 (0.8567%)  
Jonah

Dove

Hebrew

#145 (0.1959%)  
Joshua

God is salvation

Hebrew

#41 (0.5353%)  
Judah

Praise

Hebrew

#201 (0.1446%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Liam

Helmet of will

Irish

#1 (1.4439%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  

Lists With Noah

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Noah.


Siblings of Noah

Mamas with kids named Noah also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Jordyn

To descend

Hebrew

#162 (0.1253%)  
Jubilee

Ram's horn

Hebrew

#1,187 (0.0084%)  
Joy

Happiness

Latin

#344 (0.062%)  
Marie

A French form of Mary.

French

#548 (0.0354%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Faith

Devotion

English

#120 (0.1771%)  
Taylor

Tailor; to cut

French

#529 (0.0349%)  
Reece

Enthusiasm

Welsh

#582 (0.0306%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Josef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,543 (0.0031%)  
Charlie

Free man

English

#215 (0.1242%)  
Brielle

God is my strength

French

#98 (0.2118%)  
Hallie

A variant spelling of Hally.

Scandinavian

#435 (0.048%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  
Ezra

Help

Hebrew

#59 (0.4367%)  
Ryann

King

Irish

#712 (0.0227%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Aliya

Rising, ascending

Hebrew

#832 (0.0181%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  
Adam

Man

Hebrew

#79 (0.3397%)  
Peter

Stone

Greek

#210 (0.1311%)  
Hudson

Son of Hudd

English

#54 (0.476%)  
Hunter

Hunter

English

#57 (0.4404%)  
Aiden

Little fire

Irish

#19 (0.7263%)  
Ricky

Powerful leader; peaceful ruler

German

#653 (0.0235%)  
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Seth

Appointed

Hebrew

#372 (0.0599%)  

30 Comments

  1. I love the name Noah, it just stuck with me very special name.

  2. His daddy chose it before he passed away

  3. Noah was one of our top names. We liked the simplicity of it and then with the turmoil of the pandemic going on, my husband heard from God that our son’s name would be peace and bring peace to this world. Noah means peace and comfort.

  4. My mama was s big Christian lady we find names in the Bible to name a baby when have one Noah Christian was our favorite so my mama passed away and I had my first son that name always stuck with me

  5. Beautiful

  6. I thought it was the best name for my son it reminds me of the Noah ark

  7. Sweet handsome little boy love him with all my heart

  8. We(husband, 4 kids, and me) chose the name Noah because hubby and I told the kids we were expecting on our family vacation in front of the Ark Encounter in KY. He is our very special rainbow baby after our full term stillbirth the year before his birth.

  9. Noah is a stronger name n since he has been born it fits him so well. I picked the name because he was the one who saved me from all my troubles n mistake i use to be in a bad place of life with drugs n then i found out i was going to have a blessing in my life i been 9 months clean n going to stay that way forever n that i deserved to be happy n see the light again. i thank god for my little Noah james he is going to make a stronger living in life n to others.

  10. I thought i was going to lose him 3 months into my pregnancy. I was talking to the Dr’s they said to give him a name & start talking to him. I liked Noah because it’s a very strong name & knew that it fit my son perfectly. Noah is a healthy baby boy born on August -20-2019 ???

  11. I named my son Noah after the movie notebook

  12. The daddy wanted it since he was a kid. Said he met a child with the name and loved it! I however loved it once I heard the reason.

  13. My husband and I chose Noah because we had our marriage blessed in my catholic church during holy week while my husband was converting to catholic I also love the name Noah because its biblical and well it fits my son perfectly

  14. I chose Noah from the Bible story Noah’s Ark in the old Testament! Plus I’ve always loved the name Noah! Noah shares a birthday with my pastor also!

  15. The name Noah came as if as my husbands good friend who passed away.

    I like the name Noah because it’s not an over used name and it just rolls off the tongue. It definitely fit my baby.

  16. I named him after Noah in the Notebook

  17. I loved the notebook movie and it inspired me. And it’s also from Noah ark. He saved all the animals in the Bible by the ark

  18. The name came to me in a dream.

  19. He’s the best baby in the world.

  20. We chose Noah because its biblical name and very meaning to us since we are Christians and his grandfather is a sailor man

  21. Daddy choice and I loved it. Everyone else loves it too.

  22. Noah means “rest” and we chose it because our firstborn did not sleep due to severe allergies! He sleeps well ?

  23. One by husband and I were first married I had some health problems who is very sad and wanted children but we had to postpone our plans due to my issues. I had a dream one night I saw a beautiful baby boy and in the dream I said I thank God Our son Noah James Patterson.Three years later I was pregnant we decided to wait to find out what the baby would be until it was born unfortunately I came down with preeclampsia and was on hospital bed rest for weeks and the baby was born 35 weeks it was a beautiful baby boy so perfect. And my husband told me no one is here it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life I will never forget it God knew him before he was born he was in the nick you and it was a hard time but now he is strong and he is thriving he is determined. So grateful for our Noah love him and love his name

  24. It’s short, it’s strong and it means “comfort” in the sense of “the one who brings comfort to the people”. It is also the name of a Biblical character that plays an important role after a great social, political and spiritual rupture.

  25. Noah means “rest”. I was anxious daily about his arrival (read traumatic first birth), and about parenting two kids, and I kept coming back to the verse in Exodus 14 about God. “He will go before you and He will give you rest”. I felt like “rest” was a promise from God and I was trusting Him by calling my son Noah. (Also as a fun aside, since we knew we’d use my husband’s family middle name for Noah, we liked how his initials would spell NAP).

  26. How: we had 3 strings different colors that correspond to 3 different names we like ( Noah, Jasper, Luka) . When baby was born we put 3 strings on his hand and because babies have their fist close . dad pulled on with eyes close, mom ( me ) pulled another string with eyes closed and whatever was left on babies hand was the name that “he chose” in this case he chose Noah
    I dislike that is way too common

  27. I chose Noah because during holy week my hubby converted to catholic and we had our marriage blessed in our church so i chose a biblical name

  28. We just really liked this name

  29. We chose it because my husband and I both really liked it, it was short and sweet ( no nicknames for it), and the meaning is very beautiful, “peaceful wanderer.”

  30. My husband and I didn’t not find out the sex of our baby before he was born. We had a short list of names we liked but wanted to wait until we met our baby. The name Noah wasn’t even on our list. Noah was born in the morning and by that afternoon my husband and I knew what his name was. He chose it.


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