Gender Feminine
Scripts נָעֳמִי(Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. nay-O-mee(English)
nie-O-mee(English)
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Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi) meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara because of her misfortune (see Ruth 1:20).

Though long common as a Jewish name, Naomi was not typically used as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer is the British model Naomi Campbell (1970-).

Related Names

VariantNoam(Hebrew)
Other Languages & CulturesNoemin(Biblical Greek) Na'omi(Biblical Hebrew) Noemi(Biblical Latin) Noemi(Czech) Noémie, Noémi(French) Noemi(German) Noémi(Hungarian) Noemi(Italian) Noemi(Polish) Noêmia(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Noémia(Portuguese (European)) Noemi(Romanian) Noemí, Nohemi(Spanish)
Same SpellingNa'omi, Naomi 2
User SubmissionsNaómi, Naómí, Naomí

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Images

Naomi (in black) asks Ruth and Orpah to return to Moab in a painting by William Blake (1795)Naomi (in black) asks Ruth and Orpah to return to Moab in a painting by William Blake (1795)

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Entry updated January 21, 2022