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Noah - Baby Name

Guest Author - Nancy Man

The Bible implies that Noah means "rest." According to a different interpretation, it means "comfort." But, in truth, no one knows for certain what the name means.

What we do know is that Noah, famously associated with the biblical ark-builder, is now a very popular name for baby boys. It recently cracked the top 10 and will probably rise even higher. Here's how Noah has ranked in the U.S. over the last two decades:
  • 2009 - 9th
  • 2008 - 15th
  • 2007 - 14th
  • 2006 - 15th
  • 2005 - 23rd
  • 2004 - 29th
  • 2003 - 31st
  • 2002 - 31st
  • 2001 - 28th
  • 2000 - 27th
  • 1999 - 24th
  • 1998 - 29th
  • 1997 - 38th
  • 1996 - 50th
  • 1995 - 100th
  • 1994 - 159th
  • 1993 - 205th
  • 1992 - 218th
  • 1991 - 225th
  • 1990 - 228th
Other versions of the name include Noach (Biblical Hebrew), Noe (Spanish, Portuguese, French), Noak (Swedish) and Noah (Finnish).

Noah is a male name, but it's been used more and more often for girls in the last few years. (Actress/singer Miley Cyrus as a younger sister named Noah, for example.) Parents of baby girls especially like the H-less version "Noa," often believing this to be a feminine form of Noah. It isn't, though. There's a distinct Hebrew female name Noa, and also a Japanese female name Noa, but there isn't a feminine version Noah, strictly speaking.

Notable men named Noah include:
  • Noah Baumbach (b. 1969) American filmmaker
  • Noah Beery Sr. (b. 1882) American actor
  • Noah Beery Jr. (b. 1913) American actor
  • Noah Boeken (b. 1981) Dutch pro poker player
  • Noah Brooks (b. 1830) American journalist
  • Noah Buschel (b. 1978) an American writer and director
  • Noah Gordon (b. 1926) American novelist
  • Noah Hathaway (b. 1971) American actor
  • Noah Haynes Swayne (b. 1804) American jurist and politician
  • Noah Lennox (b. 1978) American musician
  • Noah Lewis (b. 1890) American jug band musician
  • Noah Ngeny (b. 1978) Kenyan athlete
  • Noah Porter (b. 1811) American educationalist and writer
  • Noah Taylor (b. 1969) Australian actor
  • Noah Webster (b. 1758) American lexicographer, author and editor
  • Noah Wyle (b. 1971) American actor



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