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The first name 

Noah is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

Noah is a very popular name!

In the US, Noah is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common boys names and is currently in place 2. In fact, one out auf 300 boys under the age of 10 is named Noah. In total, there are currently 464,963 people – children, adults and seniors – named Noah living in the United States, which is approximately 0.14 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Noah mean?

The name Noah means ‘rest’ or ‘to bring about rest’. The name comes from the Hebrew, but at the same time it also goes back to the Babylonian word ‘nukhu’, which also means ‘rest’ or ‘ calmness’.

Did you know... that the biblical figure Noah appears in several holy texts like the New Testament, the Talmud and the Koran?

Noah has many well-known namesakes

A harmonica virtuoso

Noah Lewis (1891 - 1961)
He was one of the central musicians of the so-called 'jug band scene', which is characterized by one of the band members blowing on a jug, or clay pitcher, to produce bassy sounds.

Aspiring actor

Noah Centineo (*1996)
One of the rising stars of recent years is Noah Centineo. He plays Peter Kavinsky in the Netflix hits ' To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before'.

Track and Field sprinter

Noah Lyles (*1997)
He is the 2019 world champion and the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 m. Furthermore he has also won several other gold medals, such as at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Noah's Ark

Noah (ca. 3rd millenium b.c.)
One story in the Bible tells of Noah who built a huge ship that could hold a couple of each kind of animal and his own family. Then it rained for 40 days and nights and drowned all the wicked who were left behind.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Noah, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Noah? Are you also called Noah? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

In Georgia...

there is Noah's Ark a non-profit Animal Sanctuary that houses over 1,500 animals.

Near Cincinnati...

in Williamstown there is the family friendly Ark Encounter theme park, with a large representation of Noah's ark.

In Azerbaijan...

you can visit the Tomb of prophet Noah also called Noah's Mausoleum.

A museum...

with the name Noah's Ark is located in Turkey.

Noah -
a number 1 name of this millennium!

4 - this is the number of times that the first name Noah has entered the top position, i.e. rank 1, of the most popular first names for boys in the USA. The last time was not so long ago, in the year 2016, when 19,298 newborn boys were given this beautiful name. And even when it wasn't on top in the past, it has been given by new parents to their sons every year since first name statistics began in 1880, putting it in the exclusive circle of only 442 first names for boys that are given at least 5 times a year in the USA. This makes Noah one of the timeless classics among first names that have truly become part of the American identity.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Noah was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

2022: Position 2 for the first name Noah

In 2022, the first name Noah was given 19,098 times to newborn boys, ranking it #2. The name was given least in the year 1963, where it ranked #641 - but even then 124 of newborn boys were given this first name.

Noah -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Noah is one of them. However, Noah is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 3,511 men called Noah who live here are 0,621% of all male residents and push their name up to #33 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Nevada. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 464,963 people with the name Noah. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Noah on position 65 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Noah has 4 letters 
and begins with an N

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: 3.0% of all common boys' names in the US begin with an N. This means that N as the first letter for boys' names is neither particularly common nor rare. The most common first letters of boys' names are J, A and D, while X, U and Q are the least common initials of boys' names.

With four letters, the name Noah is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Thus, if 3.0% of all boys’ names start with an N, this initial letter is slightly less common than all other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are boys' names with N that are quite common in the U.S., the most common at present is Nicholas.

Other names with 
N, o, a and h

If you take all the letters in the name Noah – N, o, a and h – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Naoh or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Noah

If your name is Noah and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Noah

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Noah, you can simply say:





This is how the name Noah is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Noah in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Noah

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Noah is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Noah

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Noah sounds like this: