The Central Bureau for Statistics recently published the top Israeli names in each sector for 2013. Today I’ll review the top boys’ names. See yesterday’s post for the most popular Israeli girls’ names.
The list is similar to the list for 2010, except that Nehorai and Guy have been replaced by Ilai and Omer. The trends are similar to those for girls’ names: Biblical and traditional names stay strong, with less emphasis on single-syllable and unisex names. Noam, Ori, Amit and Ariel are at 40, 51, 48 and 62 on the list for girls. None of the top twenty girls’ names work for a boy except for 20th-place Adi, which placed at 157 on the list for boys.
Single-syllable names for boys in the top 50 included Guy (22), Ben (37) and Or (40).
Yonatan and Yehonatan are listed separately, but together they make up 3% of all Jewish babies born last year and beat first-place Noam by half a percentage point.
You can download the name lists for recent years at the government website. We used the list for a game for our family Chanukah party: After checking the placement of the names of the family members, we divided up everyone into teams and had them guess.
The letters in parentheses indicate the sectors where the names are popular. S=secular, NR=national religious, H=haredi.
- Noam (all) pleasantness
- Ori or Uri (S, NR) my light
- Itai (S, NR) biblical, vintner
- Yosef (H) biblical, He will add
- David (all) biblical, beloved
- Yehonatan (all) biblical, God has given
- Daniel (all) biblical, God is my judge
- Ariel (S, NR), Lion of God
- Moshe (H) biblical, one who draws (Moses)
- Eitan (S, NR) strong
- Ido (S, NR) biblical
- Itamar (S, NR) biblical
- Avraham (H) biblical, father of many nations
- Yehuda (NR, H) biblical
- Yair (S, NR) biblical, he will light
- Yonatan (all) biblical, God has given
- Yisrael (H) Israel, God is straight
- Amit (S, NR) colleague, friend
- Ilai (S, NR) high or elite
- Omer (S, NR) biblical measure
If you’re looking for more baby name posts try these:
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)