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According to data released earlier this week by Israel’s Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), the top three most popular baby names in the country overall in 2015 were:
- Yosef (used for male babies — both Muslim and Jewish)
- Ariel (used for Jewish babies — both male and female)
The top baby names for Jewish babies specifically were Noa and Noam:
Girl Names (Jewish)
Boy Names (Jewish)
The CBS also reported that the boy names Dror, Yagel/Yigal, and Alroi/Elroi/Elroy each saw a sharp rise in usage in 2015.
The top baby names for Muslim babies specifically were Maryam and Mohammad:
Girl Names (Muslim)
Boy Names (Muslim)
The 2012 rankings for Israel are pretty similar.
Sources: Mohammad & Noa 2015’s most common names for newborns, Most popular Jewish names: Noam for a boy and Noa for a girl, What were the most popular names for boys and girls in 2015?
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