Noble name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Noble

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Noble means "An honorable person a person of high rank".
  2. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Noble means "Nobel".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective No"ble
  1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart. "Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong To nobler poets for a nobler song." [Dryden.]
  2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.
  3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.
    synonyms: Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted; superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious; renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand; magnanimous; generous; liberal; free.

Note: Noble is used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, noble-born, noble-hearted, noble-minded.

Etymology: F. noble, fr. L. nobilis that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere to know. See know

noun No"ble
  1. A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
  2. An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61 (in 1913).
  3. [Zoöl] A European fish; the lyrie.
verb No"ble
To make noble; to ennoble.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A titled peer of the realm
  2. Impressive in appearance ("a noble tree" and "severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses")
  3. Having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character ("a noble spirit" and "noble deeds")
  4. Of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times ("of noble birth")
  5. Inert especially toward oxygen ("a noble gas such as helium or neon" and "noble metals include gold and silver and platinum")

From Middle English noble, from Old French noble, from Latin nobilis (“knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”), from noscere, gnoscere (“to know”). Displaced native Middle English athel (“noble”) (from Old English æþele) and Middle English hathel, hathelle (“noble, nobleman”) (from the merger of Old English æþele (“nobleman”) and Old English hæleþ (“hero”)).

  1. An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood. [from 14th c.]
    This country house was occupied by in the 16th century.
  2. (now historical) A medieval gold coin of England in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually valued at 6s 8d. [from 14th c.]

noble was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, German, Middle English, Middle French, Old French, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Noble

Notable Persons Named Noble

Ray Price

Ray Price was a country music, western swing, and traditional pop music singing, songwriter, and guitarist. His career lasted from 1948 to 1948. Ray was given the name Noble Ray Price on January 12th, 1926 in Wood County, Texas. Ray is also known as The Cherokee Cowboy. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 2013.

Noble Willingham

Noble Willingham was an actor. His career lasted from 1951 to 2003. Noble was given the name Noble Henry Willingham, Jr. on August 31st, 1931 in Mineola, Wood County, Texas, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 17th, 2004.

Noble Johnson

His most notable accomplishments were from 1915 to 1950. Noble was given the name Noble Mark Johnson on April 18th, 1881 in Marshall, Missouri. Noble is also known as Johnson and Noble Mark. He left this life on January 9th, 1978.


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Noble Leslie DeVotie

Noble Leslie DeVotie was a pastor. Noble was born as the child of James H. DeVotie on January 24th, 1838 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He breathed his last breath on February 12th, 1861.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Noble

Notable Persons With the Last Name Noble


Redman is a hip hop music musician. His ongoing career started in 1990. Redman was given the name Reginald Noble on April 17th, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Redman is also known as Funk Doctor Spock, Reggie Noble, and Soopaman Luva.

Jamie Noble

Jamie Noble is a wrestler. Jamie was born on December 23rd, 1976 in Hanover, West Virginia.

John Noble

He has had major accomplishments since 1988. John was born on August 20th, 1948 in Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia.

Chelsea Noble

Chelsea Noble is an actress. She was most active from 1988 to 1988. Chelsea was given the name Nancy Mueller on December 4th, 1964 in Cheektowaga, New York, U.S. Chelsea is also known as Chelsea Noble Cameron.

Mark Noble

Mark Noble is a soccer player for the West Ham United F.C., Hull City A.F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-18 football team. Mark was born on May 8th, 1987 in Canning Town, England.

Ross Noble

Ross Noble is an improvisational theatre, surreal humour, and observational comedy comedian. Ross was given the name Ross Markham Noble on June 5th, 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England.

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  • Ronald Noble
    Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization
  • David F. Noble
  • Janet Noble
  • Pat Noble
    National Co-Chair of the Socialist Party USA
  • Sierra Noble
  • David Noble
    Soccer Player
  • Sir Percy Noble
    Military Person
  • Ryan Noble
    Soccer Player
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  • Noah Noble
    Governor of Indiana
  • Bt Sir Andrew Noble

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Noble U.S.
  White 77.69% 64.26%
  African American 14.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Noble

People with the last name Noble are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Noble

  • What name lists does Noble rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Noble? Noble is the 2,705th most popular name of all time. As a last name Noble was the 829th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Noble have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,272 babies born with the first name Noble in the United States. That's more than enough people named Noble to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Noble? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Noble first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Noble is Monday, December 6th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Noble born? The highest recorded use of the first name Noble was in 1920 with a total of 196 babies.
  • Random Noble Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Noble is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Noble: The name spelled backwards is Elbon. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Elobn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Noble? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 41,667 people with the last name Noble.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Noble? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Noble as their last name.
  • Noble name meaning

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