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Top Jewish Baby Names in Israel, Decade by Decade

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority recently released decade-by-decade lists of the most popular Jewish baby names in Israel since the establishment of the state (in mid-1948).

Decade Top 3 Girl Names Top 3 Boy Names
1950s Esther, Rachel, Sarah Moshe, Yosef, Avraham
1960s Rachel, Esther, Ronit Yosef, Moshe, Avraham
1970s Michal, Keren, Merav Moshe, David, Yosef
1980s Michal, Adi, Moran Moshe, David, Roei
1990s Eden, Sapir, Adi Daniel, David, Moshe
2000s Noa, Shira, Yael Daniel, Itay, Uri
2010s so far Shira, Noa, Tamar Itay, Uri, Noam

In 5775, the top names for Jewish babies in Israel were Tamar and Ori (aka Uri).

Source: Israel’s most popular names by decade

Popular Baby Names in New York City, 2014

According to data from the New York City Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the city last year were Sophia and Ethan.

Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophia
2. Isabella
3. Olivia
4. Mia
5. Emma
6. Emily
7. Leah
8. Ava
9. Sofia
10. Chloe
1. Ethan
2. Jacob
3. Liam
4. Jayden
5. Noah
6. Daniel
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. David
10. Matthew

On the girls’ list, Ava replaces Madison. The boys’ list contains the same 10 names. Notably, Liam jumped from 10th in 2013 to 3rd in 2014.

Despite the Venmo “Lucas” ads, the name Lucas did not appear in the overall top 10 in NYC in 2014.

Here are the top names broken down by ethnic/racial group:


Girl Names Boy Names
1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Mia
4. Sofia
5. Camila
1. Liam
2. Dylan/Jacob
3. Noah
4. Jayden
5. Ethan


Girl Names Boy Names
1. Madison
2. Ava
3. Chloe
4. Aaliyah
5. Skylar
1. Ethan
2. Noah
3. Aiden/Jayden
4. Elijah
5. Jeremiah


Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia
2. Esther
3. Rachel
4. Leah
5. Emma
1. Joseph
2. David
3. Michael
4. Moshe
5. Jacob

Asian & Pacific Islander

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia
2. Chloe/Sophia
3. Emma
4. Emily
5. Angela
1. Jayden
2. Ethan
3. Ryan
4. Lucas
5. Aiden

(Lucas was also 4th on the Asian & Pacific Islander list in 2013.)

For more sets of rankings, see the name rankings category. For U.S.-specific rankings, see the U.S. name rankings subcategory.

Source: Health Department Announces Sophia and Ethan are 2014’s Most Popular Baby Names

Most Popular Baby Names in Israel, 2012

Israel recently released three lists of popular baby names.

According to the Central Bureau for Statistics, the country’s top names last year were:

  • Noam and Noa for Jewish babies,
  • Mohammad and Maryam for Muslim babies, and
  • George and Maria for Christian babies.

Here are more of the most popular baby names of 2012 within each religious group:


Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Noa
2. Shira
3. Tamar
4. Talia
5. Maya
6. Yael
7. Sarah
8. Adele/Edel
9. Ayala
10. Michal
1. Noam
2. Uri/Ori
3. Itai
4. Yosef
5. David
6. Yehonatan
7. Daniel
8. Ariel
9. Moshe
10. Eitan

The Jewish names above were listed in my source article, but the Muslim and Christian names below (beyond the #1 names) I had to translate from Hebrew using various online tools/dictionaries, so they might not be perfect.


Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Maryam
2. Linn
3. Rahaf
4. Lian
5. Rimas
6. Hala
7. Nur
8. Bisan
9. Malek
10. Aya
1. Mohammad
2. Ahmed
3. Mahmad
4. Yosef
5. Adam
6. Abd
7. Omar
8. Ali
9. Mahmoud
10. Amir


Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Maria
2. Celine
3. Aline
4. Maya
5. Nur
6. Lian
7. Miriam
8. Natalie
9. Tala
10. Miral
1. George
2. Elias
3. Majd
4. Daniel
5. Joseph
6. Hana
7. Julian
8. Charbel
9. Jude
10. Emir

A few years ago, a group of Israeli rabbis released a list of names they thought should be off-limits to Jewish children. Ariel, the 8th most popular name for Jewish baby boys last year, was on their forbidden name list. :)

Sources: Noa, Noam top baby names for 2012, Central Bureau of Statistics

Some Top Baby Names in New Jersey, 2013

According to New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, “preliminary data from the state Department of Health has names like Michael and Matthew at the top of the 2013 list for boys, and Sophia and Isabella for girls.”

That preliminary data isn’t yet available at the NJ Department of Health website, but hopefully it will be soon.

According to the SSA, Sophia and Isabella ranked #1 and #2 for baby girls born in New Jersey in 2012. Michael and Matthew ranked #1 and #5.

Also from the source article, this interesting fact about baby names in New Jersey’s Monmouth County:

[R]oughly one-third of the top girls and boys names are Orthodox names, like Chana, Chaya, Esther, Rivka and Batsheva for the girls, and Moshe, Chaim and Yosef for the boys. The Monmouth list, in fact, varies markedly both from the statewide baby names, as well as the national list.

UPDATE, 12/8/2013: Just spotted a different article with the full New Jersey preliminary list. Here it is:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Madison
9. Sofia
10. Abigail
1. Michael
2. Matthew
3. Jacob
4. Liam
5. Joseph
6. Anthony
7. Ryan
8. Daniel
9. Ethan
10. Mason

And another interesting fact, this time about the name Sandy:

One gender-neutral name that has trended in the past year, however, did not get the surge experts were predicting some nine months after the biggest storm in New Jersey history.

“We had no babies named Sandy in July and August, when we might have been expecting that,” Waters said.

UPDATE, 5/4/2015: The actual 2013 list, from an article about the finalized 2014 list.

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Olivia
4. Emma
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Sofia
9. Madison
10. Abigail
1. Michael
2. Matthew
3. Jacob
4. Joseph
5. Liam
6. Anthony
7. Daniel
8. Ryan
9. Alexander
10. Ethan

Sources: Michael, Isabella top list of N.J.’s most popular baby names, Top baby names in NJ for 2013: Michael Still No. 1, N.J.’s most popular baby names of 2014

Top Baby Names in NYC – Jayden, Isabella

Last year — for the third year in a row — New York City’s most popular baby names were Jayden and Isabella.

More than 800 baby boys were named Jayden and more than 600 baby girls were named Isabella in 2011.

Here are more of the top boy names:

Rank OVERALL Asian &
Black Hispanic White
1 JAYDEN Ethan Jayden Jayden Michael
2 Jacob Jayden Aiden Justin Joseph
3 Ethan Ryan Elijah Jacob Jacob
4 Daniel Justin Jeremiah Matthew David
5 Michael Lucas Joshua Angel Benjamin
6 Matthew Jason Ethan Ethan Moshe
7 Justin Aiden Josiah Christopher Daniel
8 David Kevin Isaiah Daniel Alexander
9 Aiden* Eric Tyler Alexander Matthew
10 Alexander* Daniel Michael Anthony Jack

*Aiden and Alexander are new. They replace Joseph (#13) and Joshua (#14).

And here are the rest of the top girl names:

Rank OVERALL Asian &
Black Hispanic White
1 ISABELLA Sophia Madison Isabella Esther
2 Sophia Chloe London Mia Emma,
3 Olivia Emily Kayla Sophia Leah
4 Emma Olivia Chloe Ashley Sophia
5 Mia Emma Aaliyah Camila Chaya
6 Emily Isabella Makayla Sofia Sarah
7 Madison Tiffany Nevaeh Emily Rachel
8 Leah Ashley Gabrielle Hailey Ava
9 Chloe Fiona Taylor Leah Isabella
10 Sofia* Angela Jada,
Madison Chana

*Sofia is new. It replaces Sarah (#11).

Source: Mayor Bloomberg Announces Isabella and Jayden Are 2011’s Most Popular Baby Names for Third Year in a Row

Has the Internet Made Baby-Naming More Local?

The Internet has created a global village, right? Well — yes and no, according to Drs. Jacob Goldenberg and Moshe Levy of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They think that the Internet has actually done more to increase local, as opposed to global, communication.

Their evidence? In part, baby names.

The researchers analyzed the way popular baby names in the U.S. “spread” from state to state. From 1970 until the early 1990s, they found that the proportion of babies given a certain name in a region in which that name was already popular was 20% higher than expected. From the 1995 to 2005, that same proportion jumped to 30%.

The doctors believe that the IT boom of the 1990s (and, I’m assuming, the online communication between people in the same localities) is behind the 10% increase. It’s hard to know if this is really the cause, but it’s an interesting correlation nonetheless.

Sources: Distance Is Not Dead: Social Interaction and Geographical Distance in the Internet Era (pdf), The Economist