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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Selah

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Selah in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Selah:

  • Records indicate that 3,198 girls in the United States have been named Selah since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 564 people in the U.S. were given the name Selah. Those people are now 8 years old.

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      12 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Selah, pronounced see-lah. I was born in 2008, and I have seen the name Selah become a lot more popular over the years. I honestly used to hate my name, but now I actually like it! I?m really glad my name is Selah, especially since it?s a name related to my king and savior Jesus Christ." Jun. 3, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name! It is my own along with others that i know who have the same. I spell it Selah and pronounce it Say-Lah(sound kinda musical huh?) And the meaning i know for it is to pause and reflect or as one put simply stop and think(i don't like that version as much though). I've gotten some funny pronunciations like Sailor(how?),Su-Lah and See-lah(which makes sense) and honestly I love letting people get my name wrong so i just go with it :) Overall I love having this beautiful and biblical name!" Apr. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Selah as well! It's pronounced Say-la, and it can be a struggle having a unique name.I find it funny how the name was popular in 2012, when I was born in 2006. Having to tell people how to pronounce it can be difficult; especially since i'm Hispanic and accents can get in the way of things, but its fun to see the face of accomplishment people have after successfully pronouncing my name. My friends and me always poke fun of the spelling how it looks nothing like the way its pronounced, but that's what makes the name beautiful. Both me and my sisters names are very unique so we always like to place bets on how new people will pronounce it. The name Selah has its strengths and weaknesses but overall it truly is a beautiful name." Sep. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughters name, we pronounce it SEH-LAH. I love it, its her middle name." Apr. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Selah is basically the best name ever tbh, every time I hear the name Selah I think 'Dang that's a nice name' my bfff (best friend forever forever) is named Selah and she is such a beautiful person, I'm 87% sure its because of the name she had growing up. If she was named June I just don't think it would of had the same effect." Jan. 14, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 1-year-old niece is named Selah and after doing research I think it is a beautiful name with much biblical meaning. Her first and middle names is Selah Noel Grace. She is a gorgeous child with sparkling blue eyes. A gem just like her name!" Jan. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My beautiful 10 month old daughters name is Selah Mae-Lynn. Her name is always complimented on how beautiful it is!! We love it because it is biblical and unique. My mother in law is a very religious woman and I wanted to be fair and add her in somehow so we chose Selah (Say-luh) as her first name and Mae-Lynn for the middle name which is my mother's middle name. We plan to name our next daughter Semaiah (Seh-my-ah) although it is a male name in the bible we found the pronunciation more feminine. As for our boy we shall name him Seraiah (sir-eye-ah) trying to keep it with S and biblical 💜 😁" Dec. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Selah. We chose the name because we didn't want a common name and this one isn't bizarre different. It's just not very common. We also love the meaning. My husband is a minister and we wanted a biblical name. Although this is not the name of a person in the Bible, it still holds an important meaning. This word is found in the book of Psalms. Selah means "to pause and exalt the Lord." It is also a musical term to represent a pause in music for emphasis on what has just been sung. So we love that it has both musical and Biblical meaning. I realize that different names are not for everyone and that's fine. We like it. That's what's important. Some people have mispronounced it but not many...and we don't mind it when they do. We pronounce her name "Say-luh." Her middle name is Faith <3 She's almost two now and I haven't regretted her name once. I get compliments on it more than any negative comments (and yes...I have had two people turn up their noses to me when I've told them her name). Rude...but to each his own!" Jul. 19, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We currently have beautiful 3 boys...But when we do get our girl - Selah will be her name! Never met anyone with that name before, but we love the meaning and the sound of it! My name is Leah, so my husband also likes how if we rearrange the Letters of SELAH, it spells "Leah's." ...Someday! :0)" Sep. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are due with a baby girl in July 2010 and we are naming her Sela Frances. I think it's a beautiful name. ~Chevonne" Apr. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We pronounce our daughter's name Selah as Say-la. Our daughter is Selah Victoria who we also love to call C'est la vie!" Jun. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We used this as a middle name. We loved the meaning as we did more research, and the sound of the name (we also liked Sacha, but wanted something different)." Dec. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "The name is too different and no one pronouces it correctly." Aug. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Selah, pronounced - SAY - LA. My husband chose the name after we read it together while reading the Psalms chapters 66 - 67 where Selah is repeated giving rejoice to God. I receive many compliments on it." Aug. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Selah as well. All my life no ones ever pronounced my name right, and i?ve never seen or met anyone with the same pronunciation. How my parents decided to pronounce it is ?Sell-uh?. I like having a unique name, but sometimes it gets frustrating. Im 14 and a bunch of people in school call me a bunch of different pronunciations that subs or someone else have called me, despite them actually knowing my name. it?s funny, but yeah." Apr. 16, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have an eighteen year old daughter that we named Selah Abigail after reading the Psalms on a road trip. It is pronounce as Sayla in Hebrew. It means "to pause" or "to meditate" or "to stop the music and reflect". We shouldn't wonder why she is so quiet! Quiet and beautiful." Oct. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is selah and I love my name but somtimes I wish I had a more coman name becuse I don't always fit in which is word my fole name is selah David Maxwell and some people like me for just who I Am not my name I that's what I like the most😛🐶🐾" Apr. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sela, without an 'h', and I honestly ADORE my name. Unfortunately, it's always pronounced wrong; "SAY-LA, SELL-A, Cecilia, SIGH-LA" I don't even understand how I've heard the last one, but the list of mispronouncing my name goes on. The proper pronunciation would be " SEE-LA", and yes, I was named after Sela Ward herself. I actually don't mind the mispronunciation, as a matter of fact it's compliment to me, showing just how unique my name is. In a school district of 10,000 students in all grades, I'm the only Sela, but as I grow up, many parents will hear, and want to take part in what everyone says is a beautiful name😊." Apr. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is selah Kelly and I have had very many positive experiences with the name Selah people think it is very unique but when I was younger I used to get made fun of because my middle name is shalome an I am not Hebrew so people made fun of me for that" Nov. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 14 years old right now and my name is Selah. People spell my name wrong .. a lot. They mispronounce my name every time. The way we pronounce my name is See- la. I have never even heard of anybody with the same name as me. My middle name is Jane. People complement my name any chance they get." Jun. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

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