101 Most Popular Jewish Boys Names in Israel in 2017 and 2018

My annual posting of the top 101 Jewish boys and girls names in Israel are popular posts on this site. Usually the data for a given calendar year is posted over a year after that calendar year comes to an end. Possibly due to the ongoing upgrade of the Central Bureau of Statistic’s web site over the past year, I don’t think the 2017 names data was posted until this week when it was released together with the 2018 data. That’s late for the 2017 data but early for the 2018 data. Therefore I’m combining both sets of data for this post, and also include the 2016 ranking information for comparison. You can also see the posts for 2016 (which includes rankings for 2015 and 2014), 2015 and 2014. You can also see the parallel post 101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2017 and 2018.

Seven boys names broke into the list in 2017 – Aryeh (484 to 72), Leo (113 to 97), Yedidya (107 to 99), Re’em (117 to 92), Dan (106 to 93), Ofek (109 to 94), and Elazar (102 to 100). The names that left the list in 2017 were Leroi (76 to 103), Yinon (93 to 106), Shai (98 to 109), Yaheli (86 to 105), Oz (97 to 108), Ron (83 to 115), and Osher (99 to 120).

In 2018, there were also seven names that broke into the list – Ray (136 to 83), Levy (119 to 93), Leroi (103 to 95), Yinon (106 to 93), Shai (109 to 98), Arbel (107 to 100), and Yarden/Jordan (117 to 101). Note that Leroi, Yinon and Shai were all on the list in 2016, left the list in 2017, then returned in 2018. The names that left the list in 2018 were Tom (90 to 103), Ofek (94 to 104), Aryeh (72 to 105), Uriah (82 to 108), Elazar (100 to 112), Asaf (76 to 118), and Dvir (98 to 119). Note that Ofek, Aryeh, and Elazar were not on the list in 2016, were added in 2017, and left the list again in 2018.

All the columns in the table below can be used to sort the table, so you can sort the table to see the order of ranking for each year, or by the spelling of the name in Hebrew or English. You can also search the table using the search field on the top right of the table. Because there are two years of new data I’ve included the total number of boys who were named with these names for both 2017 and 2018. For 2016 only the ranking is shown, but you can see the totals on the 2016 post if you’re interested. Also note that there are actually more than 101 names below, as I wanted to make sure all the names that were in the top 101 for both 2017 and 2018 showed up in the table.

Name (Hebrew)Name (English)2018 Rank2018 #2017 Rank2017 #2016 Rank
דָּוִדDavid11447114652
אֲרִיאֵלAriel21323513214
נוֹעַםNoam31253313421
לָבִיאLavi412247118413
יוֹסֵףYosef (Joseph)51174213545
אוריUri/Ori61135413403
אֵיתָןEitan (Ethan)71133612236
דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel810531010737
יְהוּדָהYehuda (Judah)9103111107211
מֹשֶׁהMoshe1010168110910
רְפָאֵלRaphael119771492421
אַהֲרוֹןAharon (Aaron)129682763445
אִיתַּיItai13929911078
יְהוֹנָתָןYehonatan149151210019
יִשְׂרָאֵלYisrael (Israel)158841588014
אַבְרָהָםAbraham168831398812
שְׁמוּאֵלShmuel (Samuel)178151976222
עוֹמֶרOmer187411878616
מִיכָאֵלMichael197232173724
אִיתָמָרItamar207221780015
יַעֲקֹבYaakov (Jacob)217191684419
אַלְיָהEliya227112370420
יָאִירYair236652075018
יִצְחָקYitzchak (Isaac)246652668325
יוֹנָתָןYonatan (Jonathan)256622468917
עִידּוֹIdo266342271123
אֲרִיAri276294145356
שִׁמְעוֹןShimon (Simon)286222568328
חַיִּיםChaim295912862626
יַנַּאיYanai305844244644
שְׁלֹמֹהShlomo (Solomon)315683058431
הַרְאֵלHarel325572959027
אִימְרִיImri335473355361
אַלּוֹןElon345363256030
עָמִיתAmit354863156329
עִילָּאִיIlay364793747433
מֵאִירMeir374794045538
נִיתַּאיNitai384714343841
מָרְדְּכַיMordechai394594642440
אָדָםAdam404563451939
גַּיְאGuy414543648434
נְהוֹרַאיNehorai424453945936
בֵּןBen434444542835
יִשַׁיYishai444425040143
אוֹרOr454214742242
מְנַחֵםMenachem464214940350
בִּנְיָמִיןBenjamin474184443247
לִיאַםLiam484133549046
נְתַנְאֵלNetanel494043846537
אֵלִיָּהוּEliyahu503795139648
אֵלרוֹאִיElroi513615236655
מָאוֹרMaor523575336262
אָבִיבAviv533396329668
רוֹיRoy/Roi543366628388
עוֹמֶרִיOmri553325435932
נָתָןNatan (Nathan)563284840453
בְּאֵרִיBeeri573195831565
בְּנָיָהBnaya583195633459
הללHillel/Hallel593145732451
יוּבַלYuval603096031154
רוֹםRom612996428869
רוֹעִיRoi622985533952
שַׁחַרShachar632846229867
נָדָבNadav642826130849
צְבִיZvi652827024084
אֶבְיָתָרEviatar662795931564
נָוֶהNeveh672756528671
אֶלְחָנָןElchanan682477723079
נֵרִיָּהNeriah692447822887
דּוֹרDor702438322175
לִיאוֹרLior712366827060
יוֹאָבYoav722336926857
אוּרִיאֵלUriel732298522178
איילEyal742237523180
נְבוֹNevo752238022566
מַתָּןMatan762228422158
לִיאוֹLeo7722197187113
אֲבִיאֵלAviel782196727363
יַהַבYahav792167423182
מַלְאָכִיMalachi802148622177
אוֹפִירOphir812127922672
אֱלִיאָבEliav822108721790
רייRay83205136120173
שָׁלוֹםShalom842057123885
מַעֲיָיןMaayan8520388214101
אֲמִיתַּיAmitai862028921381
יְדִידְיָהYedidya8719999184107
עִידָּןIdan881987323270
נַחְמָןNachman891978122274
גַּבְרִיאֵלGabriel901939519392
רְאֵםRe’em9118792201117
שִׁילֹהShilo9218310117891
לֵוִיLevy93183119146114
אֵלִיעֶזֶרEliezer941829120295
לִירוֹיLeroi9518110317776
דָּןDan9618093200106
אַדִּירAdir971779618894
יִנּוֹןYinon9817610617493
שַׁיShai9917310916498
אַרְבֵּלArbel100172107172115
יַרְדֵּןYarden (Jordan)101170117152127
יָהֵלִיYaheli10216910517586
תּוֹםTom10316890207100
אוֹפֶקOfek10416794198109
אַרְיֵהAryeh10516772236484
עוֹזOz10616410816597
רִיףReef107163143113211
אוּרִיָּהUriah1081628222189
רוֹןRon10916211515683
פֶּלֶגPeleg110158128130144
יָגֵלYagel111158112160116
אֵלעָזָרElazar112156100183102
בַּרBar113153125138137
גַּלGal114152114157119
אָשֵׁרAsher115151121144134
יְהוֹשֻׁעַYehoshua (Joshua)116151104176122
פִּנְחָסPinchas (Phineas)117151113159111
אָסָףAsaf1181497623073
דְּבִירDvir1191469818796

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