Origin of the name NUH.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name NUH.
Arabic name, derived from the vocabulary word nawh, meaning
"lamenting." It is the Arabic form of biblical
(An English and Arabic Dictionary, Catafago, 1873)
... The little building was
known in former times as the "Mosque of Sam ibn Nuh" (i.e.
Shem, son of Noah). At a later period its name was changed to that
of "Ibn al-Banna," after a learned Koran exegete attached to
it as teacher, one Muhammad ibn al-Banna abu 'Abd Allah al-Shafa'a, who
died 591 A.H. (= 1195). Al-Makrizi has the tradition that it was
formerly a Karaite synagogue. He says: "The Mosque of Ibn al-Banna
is within the gate Zuwailah. It goes popularly by the name of Sam
ibn Nuh. But this [ascription] must be a pure invention, without
any basis; for, probably, Sam ibn Nuh never entered the land of
Egypt. I have heard it said that this mosque was a synagogue of
the Karaite Jews known by the name of Sam ibn Nuh, and that al-Hakim bi-Amr
Allah the Fatimide took possession of it when he destroyed the
synagogues, and turned it into a mosque."... (The Jewish
Quarterly Review, Abrahams, v.19, 1907)