Published On: Tue, Dec 27th, 2016

Most popular Jewish names in Israel 2015: Noam for a boy and Noa for a girl

Mohammed was again the most popular baby name in Israel in 2015.

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Mohammad was the most common name given to boys in Israel in 2015. Noah was the most popular name for girls, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report.

 The most popular Jewish name in Israel in 2015 for a boy was Noam, (1, 414 boys) for the second year in a row.  The second most common name was Yosef. The top 10 most popular names includes: Ariel, David, Ori/Uri, Eitan, Itai, Yonatan, Daniel and Moshe, similar to the most popular names for boys in 2014.

At the same time the report found a stark increase in the number of boys named Dror, Yigal and Elroi in 2015, when compared with the past years.

 Among Jewish girls, the most common name was Noah (1, 445 girls). It has been the most commonly given name to Jewish girls for 16 years.
Tamar was the second most popular name for girls (1, 323), followed by Avigail, Talia, Adele, Shira, Ayala, Yael and Sara.

Ariel in third place is a name given to thirty percent of all Jewish children. Boys (1, 253) and girls (539). Twenty percent of boys and girls called by the name Noam, Uri/Ori and Daniel.

The unisex names such as Yuval, Maayan, Yaheli, Adi, Hadar and Shaked were sweepingly given to girls. But the names of Hillel, Ofir, Shahar and Shai were given in equal number to both genders.

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The report also found which names are more common by cities:

For a girl:
In Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, a predominately ultra-Orthodox neighborhood,  the most popular name for a girl was Sara. Noah, the most popular name in Israel, does not even rank on the top ten most common names.
In Tel Aviv, Haifa, Holon, Rishon Lezion and Ramat Gan, the most popular name for a girl was Maya.
In Ashdod, Ashkelon and Bat Yam, the name was Adele.
In Be’er Sheva, Modi’in, Netanya, Petah Tikva the name was Noah.
For a Boy:
In Jerusalem and Bnei Brak the most popular name was Yosef

In Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ramat Gan, Modi’in the name was Uri or Ori

In Haifa, Netanya, Herzliya, Rishon LeZion and Petah Tikva the name was Itay

In Ashdod the name was Moshe

In Be’er Sheva, Ramat Gan, Rehovot, Ashkelon, Bat Yam, Holon the most popular name was Noah.


Among Muslim

According the report one in every five Muslim boys is named Muhammad or Ahmed. Also making the top ten list for most popular Muslim baby boy names: Yosef, Omar, Adam, Jud, Abed, Ali, Amir, Ibrahim, Mahmoud and Haled.

The most popular name among Muslim girls was Maryam, followed by Sha’im, Janah, Lin, Layan, Aline and Sa’ara.





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