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Scriptsנֹחַ, נוֹחַ Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.NO-ə English

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name נֹחַ (Noach) meaning "rest, repose", derived from the root נוּחַ (nuach). According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God. He was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

As an English Christian name, Noah has been used since the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans. A famous bearer was the American lexicographer Noah Webster (1758-1843).
Other Languages & CulturesNuh Arabic Noé Biblical French Noe Biblical Greek Noach Biblical Hebrew Noè Biblical Italian Noe Biblical Latin Noé Biblical Portuguese Noé Biblical Spanish Noach Dutch Nooa Finnish Noé French Noach Hebrew Noè Italian Nojus Lithuanian Noé Portuguese Noé Spanish Noak Swedish Nuh Turkish
Same SpellingNo'ah, Noah (2)


Mosaic depicting Noah, from Saint Mark's BasilicaMosaic depicting Noah, from Saint Mark's Basilica


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