Noam and Noa were the most popular names for newborn boys and girls, respectively, in 2014, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in a report released on Sunday.
1,478 Jewish girls were named Noa; while Noam led the field for boys with 1,600 children being given that name in 2014.
The name Ovadia gained in popularity with the passing of Hagaon Harav Ovadia Yosef zt”l. In 2012, only 36 boys were named Ovadia. In 2013, the year Harav Yosef was niftar, 117 boys were given that name and in 2014 – 209 boys.
The name Eitan rose from 10th to 7th place among Jewish boys. This was presumed to be due to Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan in Hebrew).
The leading name for Muslim boys in Israel was Mohammed (2,600) and Ahmed (968).