Infographic of Selah name meaning, which is “A musical pause,” in allusion to the musical direction found in the Psalms. From the Hebrew.
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Selah Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
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1916 0 0%
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1918 0 0%
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1920 0 0%
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1924 0 0%
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1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
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1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
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1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 0 0%
1992 3,945 5 0.0003%
1993 3,687 5 0.0003%
1994 3,650 5 0.0003%
1995 3,010 8 0.0005%
1996 2,769 11 0.0007%
1997 3,342 6 0.0004%
1998 2,537 15 0.001%
1999 1,600 52 0.0035%
2000 1,717 49 0.0032%
2001 1,492 71 0.0047%
2002 1,281 99 0.0066%
2003 1,138 138 0.0091%
2004 1,186 131 0.0086%
2005 888 230 0.015%
2006 834 272 0.0174%
2007 829 291 0.0184%
2008 762 329 0.0213%
2009 681 376 0.0252%
2010 621 423 0.0294%
2011 558 469 0.0329%
2012 519 532 0.0373%
2013 525 512 0.036%
2014 522 542 0.0372%
2015 457 647 0.0445%
2016 451 643 0.0446%
2017 435 661 0.0474%
2018 423 689 0.0502%
2019 431 646 0.0477%

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Siblings of Selah

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hudson

Son of Hudd

English

Bram

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

Fanny

From France

Latin

Athan

Eternal life

Greek

Brigid

Exalted one

Gaelic

Evangeline

Good news

English

Rowan

Of the rowan tree

Gaelic

Scarlett

Shade of red

English

Sayer

Wood-worker

Welsh

10 Comments

  1. We love the name Selah. I knew if we had another girl, it would be a top choice. I love the meaning behind it. I am a singer, and its strong ties to musical direction in the book of Psalms was perfect for me. It references a musical pause, and instructs the reader to stop, reflect, and listen. It is very powerful and a form or praise. We pronounce it See-lah. I have seen it pronounced both ways, but we chose the Biblical pronunciation.
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  2. I love the meaning and the reverence behind Selah. It is found in the Habakkuk and the book of Psalms. It means to “rest or pause” and is considered a musical direction. I love the name!

    • We love the name Selah. I knew if we had another girl, it would be a top choice. I love the meaning behind it. I am a singer, and its strong ties to musical direction in the book of Psalms was perfect for me. It references a musical pause, and instructs the reader to stop, reflect, and listen. It is very powerful and a form or praise. We pronounce it See-lah. I have seen it pronounced both ways, but we chose the Biblical pronunciation.

  3. It means, “to pause and to praise, to reflect on God’s goodness”.

  4. oI love the meaning -pause and reflect onGods word
    oIts biblical
    oUnique
    oLooks pretty written out and monogrammed

  5. Selah means “to pause and praise God” and is a closing word in the Psalms. Her middle name, Christine, means “follower of Christ.” We chose the name out of its beauty and meaning, as it gives us a chance to share the gospel with everyone who asks us where we chose her name!

  6. The name Selah (SAY-luh) has several possible meanings–it’s found in the book of Psalms and is placed in King David’s poetry and music following stanzas with the believed intent of seeking pause, praise, and reflection on the wonders and mysteries of God ?

  7. The meaning was important to us. Most people don’t know how to pronounce it but that doesn’t bother us much.

  8. From the book of Pslams, dislike the multiple pronuniations

  9. We didn’t have any girl names, only boy names, picked out and had to pray about a name.
    My husband looked through the Bible and found Selah and we instantly knew that was it!
    Being musicians ourselves, we love that it’s a musical term meaning to pause, to take a break, to ponder upon.


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