Thursday, July 04, 2024

  • Thursday, July 04, 2024
  • Elder of Ziyon

Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics issued its annual report of baby names for 2023.

The most popular names for Jewish boys were Dovid, Lavie and Yosef. For Jewish girls they were Avigail, Ayala and Tamar.

But the most popular name in all of Israel was Mohammed (or Mahmoud.) 

This happens every year. Even though Muslims are about 18% of the population, Mohammed is always the most popular name among all Israeli babies. (This year it was followed by Ahmad and Adam.) 

The reason is because such a high percentage of Muslims name their kids Mohammed. This year about 12^ of Muslim boys were named Mohammed, as opposed to only 2.7% of Jewish boys named Dovid. When you do the math you come out with 2,309 Mohammeds and 1,760 Dovids. In other words, there is a lot more variation among Jewish baby names than Muslim baby names.

Some names, like Yosef/Yusuf, are popular for both Arabs and Jews. 

The report also checked whether there were any significant changes in naming babies before and after October 7. While the top twenty names were roughly the same, some names surged in popularity after October 7 compared to before. The percentage of babies named Amichai ("My Nation Lives") went up by 4.31 times what would have been expected at pre-October 7 levels. Other themes are "strength," "hope" and several variants of "light."

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