Noah (name)

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Noah is a given name and surname most likely derived from the Biblical figure Noah (נוֹחַ) in Hebrew. It is most likely of Babylonian and Assyrian origin from the word "nukhu" meaning repose or rest, which is possible in view of the Sumerian/Babylonian source of the flood story. Another explanation says that it is derived from the Hebrew root meaning "to comfort" (nahum) with the final consonant dropped.[1]


Noah is a top 100 name for a boy in the United States. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, the name was the most popular male name in the US.[2] In 2013 it was the third most popular name for boys in Australia.[3]

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  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of First Names
  2. ^ Popularity of Noah in the United States
  3. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.