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The most popular name for Israeli babies in 2008 was Noam, which was given to 1970 boys and 515 girls, data released on Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed.

According to the data, the most popular girl's name for the year was Noa.

There were 2,453,140 Israelis at the end of 2008 under the age of 17, constituting one third of the country's population, the bureau said in a report. Over the course of the year, 156,900 babies were born in Israel.

The most popular names for Jewish Israeli boys, after Noam, were Itai, Daniel, David, Idan, Moshe, Yosef and Yonatan. After Noa, the most common names for girls were Shira, Yael, Tamar, Maya, Talia, Hila, Michal and Adi. In twelfth place came the name Lian, and in fifteenth Noya.

Names deriving from that of the prophet Mohammed were the most popular for Muslim Israeli boys in 2008, according to the report. The name Hala was the most common name for Muslim girls, after which came Nor and Miriam.

The names Noam, Amit, Ariel, Daniel, Adi, Ma'ayan, Yuval, Yahli, Omer, Lior, Elya and Shahar were popular for both boys and girls.