Israel’s population is growing–it’s at around 8.7 million people this year.
According to the Population and Immigrant Authority’s report, there were approximately 166,450 births and 23,770 new immigrants this year. Most of the new immigrants came from the former Soviet Union, followed by France and the United States, according to the Times of Israel, which also pointed out that “Israel’s population would continue to grow in the years ahead and is expected to reach 10 million people by 2024 and 20 million by 2065.”
But with all those babies being born, what are the most common Jewish baby names in the past year? Well, according to Population and Immigrant Authority’s report, they’re a mix of tried-and-true Jewish names–and some less common names getting more traction (in no particular order):
2. David. David is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “beloved.” David was the second king of Israel. He was a mighty warrior who was beloved by God and the people. According to Jewish tradition, the Messiah will be a descendant of David.
4. Uri. Uri is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “my light.”
5. Omer. Omer is the Jewish ritual during the forty-nine days between Passover and the Feast of Weeks. It is also a Hebrew boy’s name meaning “first born son, flourishing, long-lived, eloquent and gifted speaker.”
6. Ariel. Ariel is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “lion.”
7. Noam. Noam is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “tenderness.”
8. Adam. Adam is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “earth.” Adam was the first man who God created.
9. Eitan. Eitan means “strong” or “enduring” in Hebrew–traits you’d want any child to have.
10. Itai. Itai is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “with me.”
12. Lavie. Lavie is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “lion.”
1. Tamar. Tamar is a Hebrew name meaning “palm tree.” In the Bible, Tamar was the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah. When Judah stalled her marriage to his youngest son, Tamar tricked Judah into sleeping with her in order to conceive a child.
4. Avigayil/Abigail. Abigail is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “my father is joy.” In the Bible, Avigail becomes one of King David’s wives.
6. Shira. Shira is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “song.”
7. Talia. Talia is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “dew from God.”
9. Lia/Leah. Leah is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “delicate.” In the Bible, Leah was one of Jacob’s wives.