Meaning and Origin of: Naomi

Meaning and Origin of Naomi

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew, Japanese : Pleasant one; above all, beauty

What does Naomi mean and stand for?

The name Naomi is of Hebrew origin and means "pleasantness". It is derived from the Hebrew name Na'omi. Although a popular Jewish name, Naomi didn't really become popular until the Protestant Reformation. The name also has separate Japanese origins as a unisex name meaning "straight and beautiful."

Syllables: 3

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According to Social Security Administration data, Naomi has been consistently popular, breaking the top 100 for the first time in 2010 and the top 60 in 2019.

However, it is the 39th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Naomi was at its peak popularity in August 2018.

Naomi once referred to Ruth's mother-in-law in the Jewish Old Testament. During Shavuot, when the story of Ruth was read at the synagogue, the name Naomi was symbolically given. The name has rapidly gained popularity in the last decade, invoking images of model Naomi Campbell, actress Naomi Watts, singer Naomi Judd, and writer Naomi Wolf. Naomi has also been chosen as a character name in Animal Crossing, Supernatural, Private Practice, and Pretty Little Liars.

Where is it Popular?

Naomi was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Naomi

  • Mimi
  • Mims
  • Mimsy
  • Noma
  • Nomi

Pairs well with these middle names