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2017’s Most Popular Jewish Baby Names for Boys

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It’s that time of year again. You know the one–the one where we tell you what the top Jewish baby names for boys are. Nameberry released its list–and a lot of them are old favorites, and may not entirely surprise you. But of course, it’s fun to see what’s popular nonetheless. (Check out our Jewish baby name bank here for more inspiration.)

Here’s what they are:

1. Ezra (#1). Ezra means “help” in Hebrew, and was a scribe and leader of the people of Israel returning from Babylonian exile.

2. Asher (#2). Asher means “happy” in Hebrew, and was the eighth son of Jacob, so one of 12 tribes of Israel.

3. Levi (#9). Levi is a boys name that means “attached” in Hebrew. Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

4. Elijah (#14). Elijah means “the Lord is my God” in Hebrew, and was one of the most famous prophets in the bible.

5. Caleb (#17). Caleb was of the 12 scouts sent by Moses into Israel. It is a Hebrew name.

6. Ethan (#18). Ethan means “strong” or “enduring” in Hebrew–traits you’d want any child to have.

7. Matthew (#19). Matthew means “gift of god” in Hebrew. Mattathias the Priest was the leader and father of the Maccabees, who defeated the Assyrians in the story of Hanukkah.

8. Benjamin (#20). Benjamin is a Hebrew name meaning, “Son of Right Hand.”

9. Eli (#23). Eli means “my God” in Hebrew, and was one of the most famous prophets in the bible.

10. Zachary (#27). Zachary means “memory of God.” Zechariya was a prophet of the people Israel.

For more naming inspiration, visit our Jewish Baby Name Finder.

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