Yesterday I posted the most popular girls’ names in 2010 from the Central Bureau of Statistics. Today the boys take a turn.
I’ve decided to label them by their prominence in the haredi (H), secular (S), or national religious communities (NR). It’s no surprise that many of the more popular names work in more than one circle–that’s how they got to the top of the list.
You’ll find all of the names labeled as only Haredi (H) in national religious circles as well, but they aren’t trendy there. Feel free to disagree with my evaluations in the comments.
Yonatan and Yehonatan really count as the same name so it counts as the most popular.
Compared to the top ten list in 2006, Itamar is the only new name with Moshe dropping to number 12.
Pictured is reader Devo’s son Elchanan, at age ten weeks.
Israel Baby Names for Boys, 2010
Key: H: haredi, ultra-Orthodox. NR: national religious/modern Orthodox. S: Secular.
- Noam (all) pleasantness
- Itai (S, NR) biblical, vintner
- Ori or Uri (S, NR) my light
- Yehonatan (all) biblical, God has given
- Daniel (all) biblical, God is my judge
- David (all) biblical, beloved
- Ariel (S, NR), Lion of God
- Ido (S, NR) biblical
- Yosef (H) biblical, God will add
- Itamar (S, NR) biblical,
- Yair (S, NR) biblical, he will light
- Moshe (H) biblical, one who draws (Moses)
- Yonatan (all) biblical, God has given
- Amit (S, NR) colleague, friend
- Avraham (H) biblical, father of many nations
- Nehorai (NR) mishnaic, light
- Guy (S, NR) valley
- Yisrael (H) Israel
- Eitan (S, NR) strong
- Yehuda (NR, H) biblical
Which is your favorite? Are your kids’ names on one of the two lists? We batted zero out of six.
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