In honor of the International Day of the Child, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published the 20 most popular baby names in 2010.
Four of the top 5 names for girls are biblical (Noa, Tamar, Yael) or traditional (Shira). My husband argues that Shira is not really traditional, being around a hundred years old.
The list is similar to the top-10 list I posted in 2006. Noya and Talia are new, with Michal and Adi losing popularity and Agam disappearing altogether.
Few unisex names made it into the top 20, with the exception of Adi and possibly Roni, meaning “sing.” Roni is also a nickname for the boy’s name Ron. Where are Chen, Shaked and Tal? They also don’t appear on the list of boys’ names, which I’ll publish tomorrow.
I’ve labeled the names as secular, national religious or haredi, but feel free to argue with me in the comments.
I’ll publish the boys’ names tomorrow.
Israel Baby Names for Girls, 2010
Key: H: haredi, ultra-Orthodox. NR: national religious/modern Orthodox. S: Secular.
- Noa (S, NR) biblical
- Shira (all) song
- Maya (S, NR) Russian
- Tamar (all), biblical, date
- Yael (all) biblical, gazelle
- Talia (S, NR), female lamb
- Roni (S, NR), sing, shout for joy
- Sarah (H), biblical, princess
- Noya (S, NR), feminized form of Noy, beauty
- Michal (all), biblical
- Hila (S, NR), halo
- Tahel (S, NR), she will light
- Adi (S, NR), jewel
- Ayala (all), doe
- Hodaya (NR), thanks to God
- Maayan (S, NR), spring
- Lian (S), non-Hebrew
- Ella (S, NR),When the second syllable is accented, terebinth tree. Could be a goddess.
- Avigayil (NR, H), biblical, lit. father of happiness
- Rivka (NR, H), biblical
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