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This name is pronounced nah-oh-mi in Hebrew.
-- Miss Claire  12/5/2004
Well known bearer: model Naomi Campbell (b. 1970).
-- alberto  12/10/2004
A nickname in Hebrew for Naomi is Nomi, meaning little Naomi. Nomika is an nickname meaning little Naomi also.
-- ecktogamut  2/17/2005
I have found that the most common nicknames given to 'Naomi' are Nay (the first syllable) and Nomes (pronounce as in "gnomes"). Also, that young children tend to call/pronounce Naomi "Nomi".
-- nafer1  5/18/2005
Someone left a comment that people with the name Naomi tend to get the nickname Nay and little kids call them Nomi which is so true because my name is Naomi and people do that to me. I always get called Nay and all the little kids in the family and out call me Nomi.
-- Nayy x3  6/14/2005
I am called Naomi and my nicknames are either Nay, Nao or Nomi. I prefer Nao out of them all.
-- naomi88  10/18/2005
I was once told that the Hebrew roots of Naomi meant "Joy of Jehovah" rather than simply "pleastantness" but I don't know where that person got their information from.
-- krmnky  12/3/2005
Actress Naomi Watts is another famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  12/19/2005
I love this name. Very pretty and delicate.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
You can also pronounce it like Ni-omi/Ni-omee.
-- Anonymous User  5/4/2006
Naomi sounds like a very sexy name to me! Not only sexy but like she would be a loyal person too!
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I cannot believe anyone has not said this. Naomi backwards is 'I moan'. Maybe I have my mind in the gutter but...
-- whitedotblackdot  7/3/2006
Whitedotblackdot has a point. If I name my kid Naomi, I hope no one will look at it backwards.
-- jmd27  12/11/2006
Love this name so much I named my daughter Naomi. She's only two months old but she is already so sweet and beautiful like her name implies.
-- manda0709  7/11/2006
This is a very pretty name for a girl, it has a nice meaning as well. Nomi is a cute nickname as well.
-- evah  7/13/2006
Naomi has been on the top 1000 list since the 1880's and seems to be consistently popular.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
My husband's little sister is named Naomi, she was named after their Grandmother. Only they pronounce it like Naoma which I've never understood and think it is stupid.
-- Jeana Bradbury  10/10/2006
This name pronunciation in Hebrew: Neomi 'ne' (not ni or nah)
and the 'e' is emphasized.

It is from the word Noam which means pleasantness, slightliness, coziness, loveliness.
-- Anonymous User  11/26/2006
Naemi, Naimi and Naima are related names.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2007
Naomi is a beautiful name. It is the name of my great aunt, who died two years ago. She was very sweet, and I loved her very much.
-- melinda1  1/17/2007
Naomi Judd is a famous country singer, and the mother of singer Wynona Judd and actress Ashley Judd. All three are from Ashland, Kentucky.
-- Anonymous User  2/27/2007
Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw is the full name of the main character in the book Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan.
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2007
I love this name, but for me, it is said Ni-oh-mee.
-- nothingshortoftragic  3/10/2007
Naomi also means "my delight" in Hebrew in addition to meaning "pleasant."
-- naomihorii  4/19/2007
Naomi is indeed a very lovely and pleasant name, its own meaning says it. It also means "softness" or "sweetness." I love this name and even more being a Biblical/Hebrew name (of course it has a variation in the sound, someone I knew once thought Naomi was either a Japanese or Native American name! I don't think he was familiar with Biblical names or anything relating to them at all). Biblical/Hebrew names have a uniqueness or quality of their own and they usually are what they mean and mean what they are. Naomi is a name that fits, well pleasantly. :-)
-- Loni_maryrose  6/8/2007
It's my name and all my friend call me Nai (or Nay, as you're all saying). It's also not that common, but people have heard of it, so it's individual but not too so. And all little kids call me Omi, to make up for all my friends calling me Nai, I suppose. Backwards it spells I moan, which isn't very promising, but still.
-- nai xx  6/11/2007
I loved this name the moment I first heard it. It's beautiful, unique, and rolls off the tongue nicely. My only wish? It doesn't become popular.
-- spaz123  6/30/2007
Well my name is Naomi & I think it's a beautiful name. And a lot of people call me Omi or Nomi.
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2007
The original Hebrew pronunciation does not sound at all similar to the English one. The pronunciation is: NOMIE, nomee, without the English annoying "Owww".
-- Anonymous User  8/14/2007
This was the name of a girl in the song "Names" by Cat Power. I love this name, but it depresses me a little bit after listening to that.
-- So Be It  11/26/2007
This is my name, and though it seems to be popular, I've only ever met 2 or 3 others with the same name. I pronounce it Nay-oh-mee, and I've always corrected people who say NI-oh-mee. My nickname is Nomi, and when my sister was little, she called me Nay-nay, which is apparently unusual.
-- Daroga  1/30/2008
Actress Naomie Harris of "Pirates of the Caribbean" is named this.
-- Martha Gold  1/31/2008
Nim is another nickname, or Nimmy.
-- Anonymous User  3/16/2008
Although the biblical Naomi asks the people to call her Mara there is no evidence that they do so. In fact the evidence suggests the contrary as even after that verse the narrative continues to call her by the name Naomi.
-- ZoeAliza  4/7/2008
I'm not generally much of a fan of Biblical names, but I find this name to be quite beautiful. Unfortunately, it reminds me of Naomi Campbell, and she is basically more known for beating people up nowadays than she is for modeling. On the other hand, it makes me think of Naomi Watts, who seems to be quite sane. The name has a certain elegance to it, I can't explain it.
-- slight night shiver  5/1/2008
I've always loved this name. My boyfriend and I might be expecting, and when we were discussing names, he brought up this one and how much he liked it. However, Steve being Steve, he couldn't help but remind me that it says "I moan" backwards. I gave him a look. That would never stop me from naming my girl that name.
-- sunflowereyes  5/26/2008
Naomi spellt backwards says 'I moan'.
-- pussy428  7/7/2008
I really like Naomi. I think it's very pretty, and is very feminine.
-- rowan826  7/13/2008
My toddler is Naomi. I love the name. It feels very versitile - seems to be able to go from coming off as artistic and hippie to serious and professional. My only regret with choosing it: we pronounce it nay-oh-mee and most people seem to pronounce it ny-oh-mee (which we had never even HEARD of before we had her!). It drives my husband and I crazy and we are CONSTANTLY correcting people. Had we known about this problem we might have gone for another name. I think MiMi is an adorable nickame.
-- AndreaMMS  7/14/2008
I like this name, but unfortunately I can't use it myself because it's been ruined by Naomi Campbell, who throws phones at people.
-- bananarama  8/29/2008
I disagree with rowan826. I do not think it is a very feminine name. It's my name, and I'm not a very feminine girl (though I'm not a tomboy either). I think it's more of an ambiguous name. The person who bears it makes it their own, as opposed to some names which seem more to define the person.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2008
I love this name. I used to go to school with a girl named Naomi (actually, it was spelled Noemi, but everyone pronounced it like Naomi), and I liked it even then. It's gorgeous, has a lot of presence, and is popular without being too common.
-- erb816  11/24/2008
I have heard this name pronounced neh-mi, though I have no idea if this is at all common.
-- somecallmepeter  1/11/2009
Naomi Harper (Dorothy Lyman) was the well-meaning-slightly-hussy-unsophisticated-off-the-shoulder-dress-wearing grocery-store-cashier wife of Vint Harper on the sitcom Mama's Family.
-- faye  1/31/2009
The name is very rare, and should be more common. I like the meaning a lot.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2009
A bearer of this name is Naomi Clark of 90210. She is played by actress Annalynn McCord.
-- ShelbyAdi  2/14/2009
This is my infant daughter's name. We pronounce it "nay OH mee" and her nickname is Mimi, which I think sounds better than Nay. Her brother, a toddler, says "noh-mee." We have gotten the "nigh OH mee" pronunciation from a couple of people, but it's not a big deal. And as to the "it spell 'I moan backwards" what are you 12? How many times is one going to go around spelling their name backwards? Naomi is a lovely name, don't let that idiocy detract from it.
-- Labonne  10/30/2009
I like it, it is is just too common.
-- Alora  1/26/2010
In some parts of England* and Scotland, the name is more frequently pronounced as equisyllabic, with a slight stress on the first syllable, with the first and second frequently being elided, ie "Naea-me" (more accurate) or "Nayah-me" (perhaps easier to understand). The middle syllable is more like "ah" than "oh". As the bearer of this pronunciation, and a frequent victim of the horrible "Nai-OH-me" pronunciation, I think you can tell you which I prefer.

*Oddly, despite being named by Northern English/Scottish parents, in England the place I most frequently meet the correct pronunciation is the south east.
-- aesa  1/29/2010
There is a children's book called "Becoming Naomi Leon" that I read to my niece. In that story the girl named Naomi is annoying.
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2010
It sounds foreign, and because of Naomi Campbell, I can't see it sounding right on a white person.
-- Aureliano  2/27/2010
I don't like ethnic sounding names like this at all, it sounds completely foreign.
-- Aureliano  3/23/2010
I have a friend called Naomi, it's a really pretty name we call her Nemo or Nomi. :)
-- kylaaxx  6/27/2010
My name is Naomi and I think it's an awful name! It sounds so ugly and horrible, no one can ever spell it right and no one can ever pronounce it right either, not even my teachers or my own grandfather no matter how many times I correct them. Then there's the fact it's I Moan backwards which I have been teased for my entire life and I'm an atheist so I hate the biblical connection.
Please don't call your kids this, it's one of the worst names ever, and I guarantee you'll be correcting people on how to say it for the rest of their lives. :(
-- Anonymous User  9/3/2010
Naomi is such a beautiful and sweet name. :) I have a very dear friend named Naomi, even though I already liked the name, she made the name even more special to me. If you know someone that you-don't-like/doesn't-like-you I can see that you would not like it.
-- Alie.Meilian  12/20/2010
Pronounced NAY-OMEE.
-- tafflemark  1/25/2011
This is a very pretty and unusual name. I don't know which pronunciation I prefer though.
-- Chrila96  2/24/2011
I like the name Naomi, it's pretty and different.
-- starz26  2/25/2011
"Mama" Cass Elliot of the 60's band, The Mamas & The Papas, was born Ellen Naomi Cohen.
-- Ryry1996  5/21/2011
This name makes me think of Miami.
-- Hushpuppy  7/10/2011
Another way it can be spelt is Naomie.
-- Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
It's NAY-omee. It is not NI-omee. This is my name, and I can't tell you how frustrating it is that my name is routinely mispronounced. Even when I correct people, they still pronounce it wrong. If you are thinking of naming your child this, take my advice: it's not worth the hassle. Yes, it's a beautiful name, but who wants to go through life having your name messed up all the time?
-- Anonymous User  7/5/2012
Naomi is Adam Gontier's wife (singer / guitarist of Three Days Grace)
-- foreverslowly  7/14/2012
This is my name. I'm from the UK so pronunciation is slightly different here than in the US. My name is supposed to be pronounced Nay-ohmee but it's often gets pronounced Ni-ohmee. I put this down to the fact that my nickname is 'Ni', pronounced how it's spelt, which isn't a very common nickname. Spelling of my name is usually wrong, most commonly Naiomi, which again, I put down to the fact of the pronunciation of my nickname. Those with a posher accent usually pronounce it Nayame, like they're trying to make it one syllable rather than three. I've never come across anyone that puts emphasis on the 'oh' sound in the middle. The only other nickname I've been called is Nay, which then got turned into people nay-ing at me like a horse, so that was changed. I've never heard of Mimi being used as a nickname for Naomi, only ever for Emily, but I quite like it. As for the 'I-moan' thing, it's never been an issue for me. My middle name is Sian, which is Welsh and it rolls quite nicely off the tongue as a pair. I think it's a very versatile name but I do think there are prettier names. Overall, I don't hate it, but I don't love it. :)
-- Naomi95  8/19/2012
Hey thanks, Naomi Wolf, for giving this name an association with her book "Vagina".
-- dimitridominic  9/6/2012
I never realized this name was popular so long ago. Only makes me love it more! Naomi is a really pretty, unique looking name. I pronounce it "nie-oh-me", but "nay-oh-me" is beautiful too :)
-- Oohvintage  1/12/2013
My name is Naomi and my middle name is 'Beth'. I know what some of you mean with people calling you "Niomee". It gets annoying after awhile. This past summer was the first time I met someone else named Naomi-the name isn't incredibly common.
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2013
Most of the time I've heard the name NAOMI pronounced "nay-O-mee" but sometimes "nye-O-mee". It puts me in mind of my own name, which is Stephen, mostly said "Stee-ven" and occasionally "STEF-en".
-- Stephen1976  4/8/2013
Very obscure reference, but "Naomi from Paleontology" was a minor character (only appeared onscreen twice) on the show Bones. On the show, she was Zack's love interest.
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2013
My older sister, born in 1978, is named Naomi. It was not a very common name when she was born. I'm surprised to see it's now in the top 100. I love the name personally, and she does too. I love the way it looks written down and how exotic it sounds. We pronounce it nigh-OH-mee and have found that in the area where we live this is the more common pronunciation, though every so often someone will say nay-OH-mee. It's a lovely name and has aged on my sister quite well :)
-- Isabel Price  8/12/2013
My name is Naomi and I used to not like my name when I was younger because nobody had it, but now I'm 17 and I really love it! I'm from a small country in northern Europe and there are only 3 Naomi's here. I love that my name is so rare and unique in my country. I always get compliments on it, too. Whenever I say that my name is Naomi, everyone always asks: "Oh, like the model Naomi?"
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2014
I love it, and you can always call her Naomi Mimi if you want.
-- raevynstar  8/24/2014
This is such a cute name! :) I like the "nie-O-mee" pronunciation, not the "nay-O-mee" pronunciation.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  10/1/2014
This name is a nice, pretty Biblical name. It's exactly the sort of name I like, but something about Naomi in particular just turns me off. The Nao (Nayo) sound is just very unappealing to me.
-- kvpp88  10/6/2014

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