Top girl's name = Noa, with 3% of baby girls getting that name. (The biblical ark builder, Noah, is pronounced very differently in Hebrew, No-ach).
Top boy's name = Uri, with 2.1% of baby boys getting that name.
Next top boy names:
- Noam (pleasantness)
- Roi (shepard)
- Amit (friend)
- Yosef (Joseph)
- Moshe (Moses)
- Yonatan (Jonathan)
- Shira (song)
- Agam (lake)
- Tamar (data palm)
- Roni (happiness?)
- Yael (mountain goat)
- Adi (jewel, precious stone)
- Yovel (jubilee)
And some new girls names that made the list too:
Not many changes in boys names.
In 2005, 144 thousand babies were born in Israel. 23% Muslim, 74% Jewish.
Most popular Muslim names included Mohamed (14%!!), Ahmed, Machmoud, Machmad. The most popular Muslim girl name was Aya. Among Christian boys, the most popular names were Elias (Elijah), George, and Fadi. Among Christian girls: Nicole, Natalie, Maya.
And nope, Cholent's name to be is not on the lists but we're not telling yet!