"Noah's Sacrifice" by Daniel Maclise
The list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2013 came out today and Noah is the number 1 name for boys.
There are two different derivations of the name Noah (both pronounced NO-ə), one masculine and one feminine. Lets start with the masculine one:
The masculine Noah is derived from the Hebrew Noach which means "rest, comfort". In the Old Testament, Noah was given instructions by God to build the Ark which allowed him, his family and a remnant of all the world's animals to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God.
Noak - Swedish
Noe - Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Noé - French, Spanish, Portuguese
Nojus - Lithuanian
Nooa - Finnish
The feminine Noah comes from the Hebrew No'ah meaning "motion". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the five daughters of Zelophehad.
Noa - Hebrew, Biblical
Noah is ranked #14 in England/Wales, #6 in Canada, #4 in Australia, #23 in Austria, #3 in Belgium, #4 in Denmark, #16 in France, #19 in Ireland, #14 in Netherlands, #9 in New Zealand, #10 Northern Ireland, #10 in Norway, #29 in Scotland, and #28 in Sweden.