The name Noah ranked 30th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 458th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name was popular earlier in the 20th century, then fell off in usage, but has begun making a comeback in recent years.
There are many suggested meanings for the name of the Ark builder of the Jewish scriptures, including ''long-lived,'' ''comforter'' and ''wanderer.'' However, the origins of this name are ultimately wrapped in mystery.
The antiquity of Noah's story is such that scholars debate possible derivations from the names of Assyrian and Old Babylonian minor deities and other legendary figures from pre-Biblical times.