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
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).