Noa, Noam Most Popular Names for Jewish Babies in Israel

Biblical names top charts for Jewish, Muslim and Christian girls.

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released Monday the list of most popular baby names by religious sectors, revealing that Noa and Noam were respectively the most popular names for Jewish girls and boys born in 2012.

In the girls category, Noa, of biblical origin, was followed in order by Shira, which means song; Tamar, a biblical name and date; Talia, which means a female lamb; and Maya. Rounding out the top 10 were Yael, Sarah, Adele or Edel, Ayala and Michal.

For the boys, after Noam, which means pleasantness, were Uri or Ori, which means my light, and the biblical names Itai, Yosef and David. Rounding out the top 10 were Yehonatan, Daniel, Ariel, Moshe and Eitan.

Among Muslims, Miriam was the most popular name for girls and Mohammed for boys.

For Christians, the winners were Maria for girls and George for boys.

Illustration: A baby boy and girl.
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