Most Popular Israeli Girls’ Names 2014

Baby twin girls in onesies with Hebrew writing

Credit: Yael Lockerman

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Tamar. Another classic biblical name, meaning date.
  3. Shira. A modern Hebrew name meaning song.
  4. Maya. Not a Hebrew name.
  5. Yael. A biblical name that has never gone out of style, meaning mountain goat.
  6. 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.
  7. Talia. Lamb.
  8. Avigayil (Abigail). Father of joy. A biblical name that has made a comeback in recent years.
  9. Ayala. Female gazelle. Biblical name that has made a comeback in recent years.
  10. 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.

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  1. Leye-Shprintse Öberg says

    I’ve read that the name Mayah is derived from the Hebrew word “mayim” (water); and therefore, it can be considered as a modern Hebrew name. I’m just retelling what I’ve read, however, I’m not an expert tough.

  2. Leye-Shprintse Öberg says

    I don’t argue with you Hannah, I’m just saying the latest reconstruction of this Greek goddess name. However, it seems shorter names are popular in many countries nowadays. I’m looking forward to the boy edition.

  3. Hi! First of all, I think you mean 2016, and not 2014, right? Also, Noa means movement, like lanua… I’ve heard that all the Bnot Tslofchad have movement related names – Machla is from mechol (dance), Tirtsa is from ritsa (running), Chogla is from chug (circling – like ????? ?????), Milka is from halicha (walking) and Noa is just movement itself. Pretty cool, actually 🙂

  4. sorry, that Hebrew was supposed to be “bamaagal nachuga” like in the preschool song…

  5. Doesn’t Talia mean dew of G-d? And Avigayil mean my father rejoiced (rather than father of joy) – also I have not looked into it, but I assume that Noa could be translated as she who wanders.

    • Tal means dew and y-ah means G-d, but its primary meaning is lamb. Regarding Avigayil, it’s hard to come to an accurate translation in English. See Toby’s excellent comment regarding the five daughters of Tzelafhad.
      “She who wanders” works also.

  6. I am considering naming my Shiloh (pronounced Shee-LOH, not the American pronunciation). How would this sound to the Israeli ear?

  7. Can you tell me a bit about Ziva? We are having a girl and have loved this name for a long time. I understand it isn’t necessarily a popular name in Israel (not so worried about that) but I just recently heard it may be associated with other negative things which crushed me. Is it considered just a name there or is it a term used for something else? Thanks!

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