Yosef, Tamar Are Most Popular Israeli Baby Names of 5774

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One of the 176,230 babies born in Israel during the 5774 Jewish year.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

The most popular boy's names of the Jewish year 5774, which comes to an end this week, were Yosef, Daniel and Ori, while Tamar, Noa and Shira topped the list of girl's names, the Population and Immigration Authority reported Sunday.

Tamar ended Noa's 14-year run of being the most popular girl's name in the country, while Yosef climbed from fourth place to oust Itai, which in turn fell to fourth.

The official number of Israeli citizens on the eve of the Jewish New Year is 8,904,373, the authority said.

The figure represents growth of 2 percent in the number of citizens compared to a year ago.

The Population and Immigration Authority counts the number of people who hold Israeli citizenship, some of whom do not live in the country.

Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reported in May that 8.18 million people live in Israel, including Arab residents of East Jerusalem but excluding some 200,000 foreign workers and thousands of asylum seekers who did not enter the country through official border crossings.

The number of babies born in Israel during the past year was 176,230 – 90,646 boys and 85,584 girls. A total of 24,801 people immigrated to Israel during this period.

140,591 Israeli couples registered their marriage in Israel during the 5774 Jewish year, of which 75,848 actually tied the knot during this period. In contrast, the country received 32,457 divorce applications, of which 23,419 went through.

Number of Israeli citizens, Rosh Hashanah eve, according to Population and Immigration Authority, Sept. 21, 2014.

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