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Esther, Moshe Reach NYC Top Baby Name List

New York City’s Health Department has released its annual breakdown of popular baby names. Besides the general top 10, there are also lists for different ethnicities: Among white babies, Esther was the third most popular girls’ name, trailed by Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Chaya, Miriam, and Chana, all in the top 10.

Leah was seventh among all girls’ names, regardless of ethnicity, up from number nine.

The most popular boys’ names included Moshe at number four, alongside biblical names also common among non-Jews, like David, Joseph, Daniel, Benjamin, and Jacob.

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5 Comments

  • 1. Milhouse wrote:

    The most popular boys’ names included Moshe at number four, alongside biblical names also common among non-Jews, like David, Joseph, Daniel, Benjamin, and Jacob.

    And Ethan, which came in second overall, though oddly wasn’t even in the top 10 for whites.

  • 2. Joseph wrote:

    All of the top ten names for white boys are Jewish names. (Of course non-Jews use some of them too.)

    • 3. Milhouse wrote:

      James and Jack are not Jewish names. (True, James is a form of Jacob, which is Jewish, and Jack is a nickname for John which derives from Yochanan, and is sometimes also used as a nickname for Jacob, but the fact remains that they are not commonly used as Jewish names.)

      Though it’s also interesting that #7 and #8 and sometimes #9 are essentially the same name.

      On the overall list of boys’ names, Ethan, Jacob, Daniel, David, Noah, and Michael are all from Tanach and used by Jews. Matthew is derived from Matisyahu (just as John is derived from Yochanan and Elizabeth from Elisheva). Alexander is a goyishe name that was adopted by Jews. And while Liam is completely goyish, nowadays Israelis have Hebraicised it as לי-עם, as in ואתם תהיו לי לעם.

  • 4. 35א42יו7ן wrote:

    ובני ישראל פרו וישרצו וירבו במאד מאד ותמלא הארץ אותם

    coming up soon

    הבה נתחכמה לו וגו

  • 5. My heart melts wrote:

    Never mind the names … The pic just melt my heart of all those babies!!! I wanna have another one but then they don’t stay that adorable for long and turn into horrible teens and I got 4 of those and that’s enough for me!!;-)

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