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Meaning: To rest, to comfort

Origin: Hebrew

Alternate spellings: None

Noah is a Hebrew name that means “to rest, to comfort.” Noah is also one of the most recognizable Bible names – Noah is famous for building the ark during the Great Flood and saving the animals two-by-two. The animal imagery has helped Noah’s ark become a popular nursery theme for newborns. The name Noah has been used since the 1600s. In the U.S., the name has enjoyed mild success on the charts since 1880. Noah really took off in 1996 though when it hit the top 50 for the first time. Since then, and possibly thanks to the celebrity of ER star Noah Wyle, the name has continued to burn up the charts.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 27

2004: 29

2008: 15

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Nolan 131

Nora 216

Norah 476

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