The Israeli Central Bureau for Statistics announced the ten most popular names for 2014. It usually takes them a whole year to analyze them. Biblical and animal names dominate the list, along with two-syllable names. Here’s the rundown:
- Noa. This biblical name has been the number one girl’s name for 16 years, but it’s starting to lose popularity. I haven’t come across a good explanation of the name’s meaning.
- Tamar. Another classic biblical name, meaning date.
- Shira. A modern Hebrew name meaning song.
- Maya. Not a Hebrew name.
- Yael. A biblical name that has never gone out of style, meaning mountain goat.
- Adele/Edel. These babies are named after the singer or the daughter of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of hasidism. Edel is Yiddish for sweet or gentle.
- Talia. Lamb.
- Avigayil (Abigail). Father of joy. A biblical name that has made a comeback in recent years.
- Ayala. Female gazelle. Biblical name that has made a comeback in recent years.
- Sarah. Princess. Biblical name popular in religious circles, especially haredi communities.
Miriam was the most popular name for Moslem girls, while Sarah and Esther topped the list in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, respectively. Maya was number one in Tel Aviv.
See more name posts on A Mother in Israel:
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)