Most pop­u­lar Jewish names: Noam for boys, Tamar for girls

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI

The most pop­u­lar baby name in Is­rael in 2016 was Muham­mad, given to some 2,880 new­borns, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased on Wed­nes­day by the Cen­tral Bu­reau of Statis­tics, ahead of Fam­ily Day, cel­e­brated Thurs­day.

The re­port also found that the se­cond-most pop­u­lar name in 2016 was Yosef, given to 1,934 chil­dren (1,237 Jewish boys and 641 Mus­lims), fol­lowed by Noam, which was given to 1,924 Jewish chil­dren, boys and girls alike.

The most pop­u­lar Jewish name for a boy in 2016, for the third year in a row, was Noam, with some 1,505 boys given this name. Also mak­ing the list of the top 10 most pop­u­lar names was David, Ori/Uri, Ariel, Yosef, Ei­tan, Daniel, Itai, Yonatan and Moshe, sim­i­lar to the most pop­u­lar boys names in 2014 and 2015.

The re­port also found that in 2016, there was an in­creas­ing trend in the num­ber of boys named Lavi and Eliya com­pared to the past decade.

The most pop­u­lar Jewish name for a girl was Tamar, which has re­mained one of the most pop­u­lar names for a girl through­out the past 17 years. Also among the most pop­u­lar names: Noa, Avi­gail, Maya, Yael, Adele, Shira, Sarah, Ay­ala and Talia.

The re­port also broke down the most pop­u­lar Jewish baby names by city. In Jerusalem, the most pop­u­lar baby name for a girl was Sara, fol­lowed by Es­ther and Tamar, and for a boy was David, fol­lowed by Yosef and Avra­ham. In Tel Aviv, the most pop­u­lar name for a girl was Maya, fol­lowed by Ella and Leah, and for a boy was Ori, Yonatan, and Adam.

In Bnei Brak, a pre­dom­i­nately ul­tra-Or­tho­dox neigh­bor­hood, the most pop­u­lar name for a boy was David and for a girl was Sara while in Haifa the most pop­u­lar name for a girl was Maya and for a boy was Noam.

The re­port also found that one in ev­ery five Mus­lim boys is named Muham­mad or Ahmed (15% and 4.7% of new­borns, re­spec­tively). Also mak­ing the top ten list for most pop­u­lar Mus­lim baby boy names: Yosef, Omar, Adam, Jud, Abed, Ali, Amir, Ibrahim, Mah­moud, and Karem.

The most pop­u­lar name among Mus­lim girls was Miryam, fol­lowed by Sham, Jana, Jori, Lin, Lian, Aline, and Fatmah.

This year’s re­port also pro­vided an anal­y­sis of the names of the moth­ers and grand­moth­ers of ba­bies born in 2016 and found that the most com­mon mother’s name in 2016 was Michal – which ranked 19th among the most pop­u­lar baby girl names. The most com­mon grand­mother’s name was Es­ther, which was also the 5th most pop­u­lar name among moth­ers.

Sim­i­larly, the most com­mon name among fa­thers in 2016 was David – the se­cond most com­mon baby name for a boy, while the most com­mon name among grand­fa­thers was Yosef – the 5th most com­mon baby name of a boy.

The re­port also in­cluded a list of the most pop­u­lar mid­dle names for ba­bies born in 2016: Haim for a boy and Es­ther for a girl.

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

NASSARAH WORKS on a spe­cial dis­play in prepa­ra­tion of Fam­ily Day, cel­e­brated to­day, at the Bam­boo flower shop in Jerusalem yes­ter­day.

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