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Selah

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7k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Selah mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Selah

"Selah" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Rock". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Se"lah
A word of doubtful meaning, occuring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.

Etymology: Heb. selāh

Wiktionary

Biblical Hebrew סֶלָה‎ (selāh); according to some scholars, from סָלָה (salah, “to hang”, implying “to weigh”, “to measure”).

  1. A female given name derived from the Biblical interjection (possibly mistaken for a name).

Biblical Hebrew סֶּלַע (Sela‛, “rock”); compare Arabic السلع (as-Sala‛).

  1. Alternative form of Sela.

    Notable Persons Named Selah

    Selah Sue is a soul, reggae, r&b, and contemporary r&b musician. Selah was given the name Sanne Putseys on May 3rd, 1989 in Leuven.

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    Selah was born on May 1st, 1792. He left this life on November 29th, 1872.

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    Selah was born on March 10th, 1797. He left this life on March 23rd, 1854.

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    Selah was born on October 26th, 1771. He breathed his last breath on September 7th, 1821.

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    Selah was born on May 2nd, 1837. He breathed his last breath on January 22nd, 1909.

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    How popular is the baby name Selah in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1962 6 6 0
    1967 5 5 0
    1972 6 6 0
    1973 5 5 0
    1974 7 7 0
    1976 6 6 0
    1977 8 8 0
    1978 14 14 0
    1979 9 9 0
    1980 11 11 0
    1981 10 10 0
    1982 16 16 0
    1983 7 7 0
    1984 6 6 0
    1985 8 8 0
    1986 12 12 0
    1987 16 16 0
    1988 9 9 0
    1989 8 8 0
    1990 11 11 0
    1991 16 16 0
    1992 19 19 0
    1993 24 24 0
    1994 16 16 0
    1995 40 40 0
    1996 40 40 0
    1997 33 33 0
    1998 53 48 5
    1999 107 100 7
    2000 124 116 8
    2001 124 124 0
    2002 161 154 7
    2003 188 178 10
    2004 179 179 0
    2005 267 262 5
    2006 328 322 6
    2007 344 344 0
    2008 385 380 5
    2009 426 419 7
    2010 468 460 8
    2011 516 505 11
    2012 578 572 6
    2013 548 548 0
    2014 581 575 6
    2015 689 682 7
    2016 672 672 0

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    Popularity of Selah as a first name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Selah U.S.
      White 83.80% 64.26%
      African American 3.35% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.59% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 6.15% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Selah

    People with the last name Selah are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Selah

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    • How Popular is the name Selah? Selah is the 3,031st most popular name of all time. As a last name Selah was the 100,791st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Selah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,106 babies born with the first name Selah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Selah to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Selah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Selah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Selah is Saturday, July 8th, 1871.
    • What year had the most people named Selah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Selah was in 2015 with a total of 682 babies.
    • Random Selah Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Selah is not a popular baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2004.
    • Weird things about the name Selah: Your name in reverse order is Hales. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aelsh. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Selah? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 179 people with the last name Selah.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Selah? Selah is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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