How popular is the baby name Shira in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Shira and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Shira.
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).
||Top 3 Girl Names
||Top 3 Boy Names
||Esther, Rachel, Sarah
||Moshe, Yosef, Avraham
||Rachel, Esther, Ronit
||Yosef, Moshe, Avraham
||Michal, Keren, Merav
||Moshe, David, Yosef
||Michal, Adi, Moran
||Moshe, David, Roei
||Eden, Sapir, Adi
||Daniel, David, Moshe
||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
According to data from Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority, the most popular Jewish baby names in Israel for the Hebrew calendar year 5775 (September 25, 2014, to September 13, 2015) were Tamar and Ori.
The other top names were…
The top Jewish names for the previous year, 5774, were Tamar and Yosef.
(This list doesn’t include the names of Muslim babies and Christian babies born in Israel.)
Source: 5775: How Many Were Born and What Are the Most Common Names?
The top Hebrew baby names in Israel were announced a few days ago.
According to data from the Population and Immigration Authority, the most popular Hebrew baby names for the Hebrew Calendar year 5774 (September 5, 2013, to September 24, 2014) were Tamar and Yosef.
The rest of the top ten:
Last year’s top Hebrew names were Noa and Noam, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. (Later this year, the CBS will release all 3 sets of baby name rankings: Jewish, Muslim and Christian).
Source: Psst! The most popular boy’s name in Israel in 5774 was really Mohammed
As a follow-up to this morning’s post on baby names in Israel:
The most popular names given to Jewish girls this past year were Noa, Shira and Maya, and Daniel, Uri, Itai, Ido and Noam for boys. The most common pairs of names given to twins were Noam [pleasantness] and Amit [companion]; Ohr [light] and Shir [song]; Hod [glory] and Hadar [splendor]; and Shira [song] and Hodaya [thanks].
Among Arabs, the most common name is Muhammed, given to 13.8% of the boys. The most common Arab twins’ names were Muhammed and Ahmed, Muhammed and Mahmoud, and Mahmoud and Ahmed.
This comes from an article that was published in late 2004, so it’s out of date. Still, I thought it was worth posting as it’s the only twin name data for Israel that I’ve ever come across.
Source: Children in Israel
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:
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
|Top Girl Names
||Top Boy Names
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
According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the most popular baby names in Israel over the last decade were Noam (for boys) and Noa (for girls).
Other popular baby names were Itai, Uri, Yehonatan, Daniel, David, Ariel and Eden (for boys) and Shira, Maya, Tamar, Talia, Noia and Adi (for girls).
Nathan Jeffay of pop culture blog The Shmooze (part of the Jewish Daily Forward) notes that unisex baby names are all the rage in Israel:
“Can you see Rotem?” [my four-year-old] asks during morning drop-off at kindergarten. I look at each of the girls, believing I’ve already met her and risking his wrath because I have forgotten what she looks like, but no, this Rotem — though it’s a traditional girls’ name — is a boy. A couple of days later, a woman chats to me at the kindergarten gate. “I’m Natanel’s mom,” she says, positive that I know Natanel (the Hebrew form of Nathaniel). The name rings a bell, so out of politeness I say I know how much my son enjoys playing with him. Cover blown: Natanel is a she.
Jeffay also says parents are aiming “for a similar sound with boys’ and girls’ names. That is, a two-syllable format with a modern feel that has a vague Biblical sound without sounding traditional.”
Sources: Most Common Names for Babies in Israel: Noam, Noa, Gender-Bending Baby Names Take Off in Israel
I’ve saved the best for last!
Each of these baby names made the U.S. top 1,000 list exactly once — sometime during the 1980s.
- Audriana ranked 864th in 1989
- Audrianna ranked 760th in 1989
- Britta ranked 861st in 1986
- Brittnay ranked 935th in 1989
- Cherrelle ranked 879th in 1986
- Cristen ranked 970th in 1982
- Diandra ranked 904th in 1988
- Dwan ranked 877th in 1983
- Evita ranked 775th in 1981 – influence: Broadway musical Evita
- Grecia ranked 979th in 1988
- Grisel ranked 784th in 1984
- Jalissa ranked 969th in 1988 – influence: tv show A Different World
- Jenilee ranked 820th in 1982
- Joi ranked 911th in 1981
- Kyrie ranked 960th in 1986
- Latoyia ranked 899th in 1981
- Martine ranked 794th in 1981
- Nereida ranked 984th in 1981
- Renada ranked 706th in 1980
- Sable ranked 904th in 1986
- Shardae ranked 834th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
- Sharde ranked 875th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
- Sharday ranked 938th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
- Shatara ranked 991st in 1986
- Shenna ranked 861st in 1984
- Shira ranked 988th in 1985 – influence: She-Ra: Princess of Power
- Taja ranked 727th in 1988 – influence: Taja Sevelle
- Tashina ranked 900th in 1981
- Teela ranked 872nd in 1984 – influence: tv show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- Tenika ranked 949th in 1982
- Violeta ranked 965th in 1985
- Tai ranked 937th in 1980
- Adalberto ranked 918th in 1981
- Brantley ranked 985th in 1988
- Cordaro ranked 908th in 1987 – influence: soap opera One Life to Live
- Geraldo ranked 889th in 1998 – influence: Geraldo Rivera
- Horacio ranked 995th in 1980
- Hung ranked 957th in 1982
- Huy ranked 997th in 1982
- Joseluis ranked 970th in 1987
- Marchello ranked 844th in 1981
- Tavaris ranked 994th in 1984
- Trumaine ranked 952nd in 1983
There are actually a few more one-hits from this decade, but they’re a little different. I’ll talk about them tomorrow.
UPDATE: Here they are! The Great Baby Name Glitch of 1989 – Christop, Alexandr, Elizabet
All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.