Most popular baby names of 2020: Mohammed, David, Tamar and Maryam

David and Tamar were the most popular for Jewish baby boys and girls; Mohammed and Maryam for Arab ones.

 Baby with pacifier (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Baby with pacifier
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Muhammad, Yosef, David, Tamar and Maryam were some of the most popular baby names in various sectors in 2020, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday.

Muhammad was the most popular baby name overall in Israel and among Muslims, with 2,396 boys receiving the name in 2020.

The most popular name in Israel after Muhammad was Yosef, with 1,176 Jewish boys and 656 Muslim boys (Yusef) receiving the name. The third most popular name in the country was Ariel, with 1,223 Jewish boys and 579 Jewish girls receiving the name.

Among Jewish girls, the most popular names were Tamar and Maya, with 1.85% (1,116) of girls named Tamar and 1.84% (1,107) named Maya.

The other names in the top 10 for Jewish girls were Avigail, Noa, Sarah, Ayalah, Adele, Yael, Shira and Esther.

Babies don Christmas onesies at Nazareth EMMS Hospital (credit: EMMS NAZARETH HOSPITAL PR)Babies don Christmas onesies at Nazareth EMMS Hospital (credit: EMMS NAZARETH HOSPITAL PR)

More than 2% (1,536) of Jewish boys were named David, the most popular choice. Other top names included Lavi, Ariel, Yosef, Noam, Uri, Refael and Ari. Among Ethiopian Jewish boys, the most popular names were Refael, Emmanuel and Noam.

Among Muslim girls, the most popular names were Maryam (2.3%), Sham (2%), Lin (1.9%), Malek (1.6%), Jori (1.4%), Lian (1.4%), Mila (1.3%), Aline (1.3%), Nur (1.1%) and Marya (1%).

Among Muslim boys, the most popular name was Muhammad, with 12.5% (2,394) receiving it. Other popular names included Ahmad, Adam, Yusef, Omer, Ali, Abd, Amir, Ibrahim and Mahmoud. The names Muhammad and Ahmad are being used less each year, while the names Adam and Omer are rising in popularity.

Among male Christian Arabs, Charbel, Jude, Niel, Elias, Liam and George were the most popular baby names in 2020. Among females, Lin, Maria, Sama, Celine and Leah were the most popular.

Among male Druze Israelis, the name Adam was most popular (4%), followed by Taim, Niel, Amir and Jude. Among female Druze, the most popular names were Mila, Ayalah, Lur, Lin and Yasmin.