Thoughts on Noa(h) for a Girl
CarolineParticipant3 months ago
Over the past few months I’ve fallen in love with the name Noa for a little girl. Originally, I had preferred Noah, but I’m now more fond of Noa as it is actually a girl’s name. My one concern would be the constant misspelling of the name since Noah is so much more common. I’d love to here your thoughts, opinions, and even middle name suggestions!
Anabel ConnerKeymaster3 months ago
I wouldn’t use the masculine Noa over the feminine Noa. They both have different roots and meanings, and I would leave well enough alone that way. Using the masculine Noah would just add to the confusion since Noah is one of the most popular names for boys in the country (only expected to rise) and, on paper, even more people will actually expect her to be a boy.
Be prepared for that. People will automatically assume she is a boy, regardless of spelling. The other thing to note is that Noah is a very popular name, so…regardless how it is spelled or of her gender, it is very likely there will be other Noahs in her classroom and she will be Noa last initial in all of those cases because Noah and Noa are still said the same.
Those considerations being taken, I would definitely advise that you choose a feminine middle name…and a name that there is no confusion about-gender-wise or spelling-wise, whatsoever. Doing so will provide you both with options in the future should the confusion become too much or overly annoying. Choosing a feminine middle name with many nickname options as a middle, such as Elizabeth or Katherine for example, will allow you to perhaps use that middle name to help clear classroom confusion. Noa can suddenly be Noa Beth or Noa Kate and everyone will know she is a SHE, and it will distinguish her from the other Noahs in her class…rather than just a middle initial.
Are there any family names that you are considering as a middle? Do you have any names that you like but maybe wouldn’t use? This will help us to give you better suggestions.
TheWishingStarParticipant3 months ago
I’m personally not a fan of boys names on girls, just as a general rule, but I know they’re pretty popular, and some are less bad than others. Noah, to me, is still SUCH a common boys name that it’s weird on a girl. Spelling them in some girlier way is, to me, just going to make her like that much more complicated. Noa may be a legit girls name with a different origin, but Noah is really common and has been for ages, and everyone will think of that first.
Noa, to me, seems like the parents really want people to not think their girl has a boys name even though she does and they’re not really fooling anyone. I feel like Noah is used for girls, though rarely, still much more common for boys, so Noa would always get misspelled. If you’re going to do it, stick with the spelling that people actually know. I think you could get away with Noah just fine for a girl.
embraParticipant3 months ago
I agree with the others. I actually am one of the few here who like many gender-neutral names on girls, but Noah is a top 5 name for boys right now and 99.9% of the little Noahs will be boys. I think naming your daughter Noah of Noa will be setting her up for teasing and a lifetime of confused faces upon meeting her. Would you consider something similar like Nola, Noe, Nia, or Niah? I think Nyla is beautiful too.
TwoSapphiresParticipant3 months ago
I’m not a big fan of it for the reasons others have listed. If you really love it, maybe use it as a middle name or like pp suggested, a similar but more feminine (and less common) name like Nola, Nova, etc.?
yellowwattsParticipant3 months ago
I can see the appeal but to me when I hear and see Noah, I think all boy. I would think girl if I saw Noa but I’d much prefer Norah.
ashthedreamerParticipant3 months ago
Meh. I used to LOVE Noah on a boy and was very sad to see it on a girl (not that I didn’t recognize it as a girls’ name–I was just afraid parents would think they couldn’t name their sons Noah anymore! ), but I can see the appeal. I’m not even opposed to Noah (this spelling) on a girl. It’d probably be easier, spelling-wise, and there was a woman in the Bible with the name, too. So women have millennia (sp?) of precedence using it, too. Although Hebrew characters are hardly what we use in English today, so the translation’s a bit iffy there. I do like the meaning of Noa, though, and I do think it’s a lovely, stunning name. I wouldn’t use it personally, but I’d be happy to meet a Noa.
gaamyParticipant3 months ago
for me this is more than a matter of taste. it’s a matter of saddling your daughter with a life time of aggrivation.
naming your daughter Noa is likely to cause all sorts of confusion. you will have to correct spelling, pronounciation and gender constantly. i say this all the time on the names advice board, but it is REALLY annoying to have to do this constantly and more than that it can cause actual real problems.
my sister’s names are Rebeca and Sarah. they’ve both had trouble getting official documents b/c people assumed the spelling was a typo and “corrected” it. they’ve both also had issues with people not spelling their names right so the ID and the document dont match. we had a 6 month fight with the insurance company over coverage for a surgery for my SD b/c they had her listed as male and the surgey was performed on filopian tubes. then there is the three time a year we have to correct the spelling of names on the insurance cards b/c if that doesnt match the paper work you fill out at the doctors office then they try to refuse you coverage. our daughters names are Deven, Alleyanna and Georgia and the insurance company misspells it EVERY time.
SD 13 has actually said to her father “WHY?! Why did you let mom name me that?!!!”
NMteacherParticipant3 months ago
People spell Sarah wrong? How strange!
gaamyParticipant3 months ago
Sarah has two common spellings, with and w/out the “h” people tend to think the “right” way is whatever way they are used to seeing it, so if my sister doesnt specify “with an h” if she has to spell things over the phone to people, there’s a 50/50 chance the person will spell it incorrectly. when doing data entry people also have a habit of typing it in which ever way they are used to seeing it too, which caused alot of problems recently. she almost didnt get to go on an expensive cruise she had booked due to lack of passport. when she applied for the passport they wanted a SS card. her DL had the “h” but the social security office had it as no h, so they issued her a new SS card w/o the “h”. had she not been able to get her Birth certificate WITH the H she would have had to have legally changed her name back from Sara to Sarah to get a SS with the correct spelling. it’s not the 1st time that one little letter has caused serious issues.
i think Noa would have the same problem. people would look and think “oh, someone for got the h” and then some one else would see it and say “oh some one marked this wrong, Noah is a boys name.” and before you know it you’re arguing the gender of your child with some paper pusher over the phone.
CarolineParticipant2 months, 4 weeks ago
I can definitely see where you all are coming from. Thanks for all the input! I do like Anabel’s suggestion of Noa Kate, but I also would love to use Katherine as a first name, so that could potentially not work. What about using Noa as a nickname for something more feminine such as Noela (pronounced No-el-a)? Any other names that it could potentially serve as a nn for?
embraParticipant2 months, 4 weeks ago
Kanoa is a unisex Hawaiian name that means “the free one”.