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101 Most Common Surnames in Israel

I’ve been posting the 101 most common Israeli given names for both boys and girls for the last few years, as the data has been released by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Recently the data for 2016 was released, and I posted the lists for girls and boys. While going through the data, however, I noticed something I had not noticed in previous years – a link to information on Israeli surnames.

The data consists of over 50,000 surnames, and the number of people with that name in Israel. The smallest number of people with a name is 9, so the least common surnames do not appear (including mine – I guess I need a few more kids to break through, or get my cousins to make aliyah). In theory this data is current as of 2016, although I suspect the top 101 names out of over 50,000 probably don’t change significantly from year to year.

Something significant worth noting is that the list is only in Hebrew, and like any other government data, has no nikudot (diacritical marks used as vowels in Hebrew), so many times names that would be considered different in English are spelled the same in Hebrew.

Sometimes those names have a common origin, such as פלד which could be Feld or Peled. Peled is actually a Hebraization of Feld, so that’s not such a big deal, although many times changes in spelling are useful in genealogy research in detecting different branches of the same family. Sometimes the same family uses different spellings, but many times different families used the same spelling for many years, and this merging of names can be frustrating when researching one’s family history. Consider the most common name כהן which in English could be spelled Cohen, Kohen, Cohain, Cohn, Kohn, Cahan, etc.

When I publish my lists of given names, I add nikudot to the names, since even those fluent in Hebrew might not be able to decipher the name if they’re not familiar with it. Reading without nikudot requires some familiarity with the words you’re reading. If the name is not familiar, it’s not possible in some cases to figure it out. Some given names also use the same spelling, such as אורי which can be Uri or Ori. The problem is significantly worse for surnames, however, where many more variations exist.

As officially names in Israel are written without nikudot, it creates a genealogical problem that documents with names don’t actually reflect what a person called themselves. If you are researching someone whose name is recorded as אורי פלד, is their name Ori Peled, Uri Feld, Ori Feld, or Uri Peled? That’s not a problem I can solve, but what I’ve done with the following list of the 101 most common Jewish Israeli surnames is added nikudot for one common pronunciation, added a few possible English spellings, and linked to all the surname articles at Beit Hatfutsot (in English this was formerly called the Diaspora Museum, but is now called the Museum of the Jewish People) that are for names that use the Hebrew spelling, as well as the English versions of those articles.

 HebrewEnglishBH HebrewBH English#
1כֹּהֵןCohen,
Kohen
כהן, קוהן-כהןCohen, Kohen180,652
2לֵוִיLevy,
Levi
לוי, לוי, לוי, לוי, לוי, לויLewy, Levi, Levie, Lewj, Levee, Levey104,288
3מִזְרָחִיMizrachiמזרחיMizrahi30,204
4פֶּרֶץPeretzפרץ, פרץ, פרץPeretz, Perez, Perec29,605
5בִּיטוֹןBitonביטוןBiton27,839
6דֹּהַןDohanדהן, דהןDahan, Dehan20,817
7אַבְרָהָםAvraham,
Abraham
אברהם, אברהם, אברהםAbrahm, Abraham, Abrahame19,961
8פְּרִידָמָןFriedmanפרידמן, פרידמן, פרידמן, פרידמן, פרדמןFridman, Friedman, Freedman, Friedmann, Freadman18,975
9אָזוּלַאיAzoulaiאסולאיAssoulay17,972
10מַלְכָּהMalkaמלכה, מלכה, מלכה-מלכא, מלכה-מלכאMalkah, Melca, Malca, Malka17,811
11כָּץKatzכץ, כץ, כץ, כץCats, Kats, Kac, Kaz16,722
12דָּוִדDavidדודDawed15,335
13אוֹחִיוָןOhayonאוחיוןOhayon15,136
14חָדָדHadadחדדHaddad15,020
15עַמַרAmarעמר-אמארAmar14,984
16גַּבַּאיGabbaiגבאי, גבאי, גבאי-גואבאי Gabbai , Gabbay, Guabay14,867
17יוֹסֵףYosef,
Joseph
יוסף, יוסף, יוסף, יוסףYosef, Joseph, Yuseph, Josef13,775
18בֵּן דָּוִדBen Davidבן-דוד, בן-דודBendavid, Ben-David13,712
19אֶדְרִיEdriאדריEdery12,952
20קָלִייןKleinקליין, קליין, קליין, קליין, קליין, קליין, קליין, קליין, קליין-קלאיןKline, Klein, Kleyn, Klyne, Cline, Klajn, Klayn, Clein, Klain12,359
21חֵןChenחןChen12,066
22טַלTalטל, טלTall, Tal11,974
23לֵוִיןLevineלוין, לוין, לוין, לוין, לוין, לוין, לאויןLhevinne, Levyne, Lewin, Leveen, Levene, Lewine11,824
24שְׁפִירָאShapira,
Spira
שפירא, שפירא, שפירא, שפירא, שפראSchapira, Szapira, Spira, Shapira, Schapera11,747
25חַזָּןHazanחזן, חזן, חזן, חזן, חזן, חזןChazen, Chazan, Hazan, Hazane, Khazan, Hazzan11,574
26מֹשֶׁהMosheמשהMoshe11,529
27אוֹחְנָהOhanaאוחנהOuhanna11,371
28גּוֹלָןGolan11,235
29אֲשָׁכְנָזִיAshkenaziאשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנזי, אשכנסי, אשכנסי, אשכנסי, אסכנזיAschenazi, Echkenazi, Eskenazi, Ashkenazi, Asckhenazi, Ashkenazy, Aschkenazy, Aszkenazy, Eschkenazi, Aszkenazi, Aschkenasi, Ashkenasi, Ashkanasi, Asckhenazi11,187
30סֶגַלSegalסגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, סגל, שגל-סגל, שגל, זגלSagall, Segal, Segel, Sagel, Segalle, Segall, Sagall, Segell, Sagal, Szegal, Shagall, Zegal11,177
31יִצְחָקYitzchak,
Isaac
יצחקIzhok10,631
32בָּרBarבר, בר, בר, ברBehr, Barr, Berr, Bear10,356
33יַעֲקֹבYaakov,
Jacob
יעקבJakob10,267
34שָׁלוֹםShalomשלוםShalom10,205
35מוֹרMor10,165
36דַּיָּיןDayanדייןDayan9,954
37אֱלִיָּהוּEliyahuאליהוEliahou9,859
38אָלְבָּזElbazאלבז, אלבזElbaz, Elbaze9,843
39לָבִיאLaviלביא, לביא, לביא, לביאLavi, Labi, Lavee, Lavie9,775
40סוֹיְסָהSuissaסויסה, סואסהSuisa, Suesa9,733
41שֶׁמֶשׁShemeshשמעס-שמש, שמש-שמעסSchammes, Shames-Schames-Shemesh9,581
42אָטִיאָסAtiasאטיאס, אטיאס, אטיאס, אטיאס, אטיאזAthyas, Atias, Athias, Attias, Attiaz9,429
43שָׁטֶרְןSternשטרן, שטרן, שטרן-סטרןSztern, Shtern, Stern9,339
44נָחוּםNachumנחום, נחום, נחוםNahum, Nahoum, Nachum9,298
45אַלּוֹןAlonאלון, אלוןElon, Allon9,160
46רוֹזֵנְבֶּרְגRosenbergרוזנברג, רוזנברג, רוזינברג, רויזנברג, רוזמברגRozenberg, Rosenberg, Rosinberg, Roisenberg, Rozemberg9,155
47שׁרעבִיSharabiשרעביSharabi9,100
48מָמָןMamanממן, ממן, ממן, ממןMamman, Mamaine, Maman, Mamane8,982
49שָׂשׂוֹןSassonששון, ששוןSassoun, Sassoon8,822
50בָּכָרBacharבכר, בכר-באכרBecher, Bacher8,818
51שָׁחָרShahar8,792
52מִימוֹןMaimonמימון, מימון, מיימון, מיימון, בן-מיימוןMeimoun, Maymun, Maymon, Maimon, Ben-Maimon8,720
53שורץSchwartz (see #80)8,715
54עוֹבַדְיָהOvadiaעובדיה, עובדיה, עבדיהOvadya, Ovadia, Obadia8,674
55בֵּן חָמוֹBen Hemoבן-חמו, בן-חמו, בן-חמו, בן-חמו, בנמו-בן-חמוBen-Hamou, Benhamou, Ben-Hamo, Benhamo, Benamou8,659
56וַקְנִיןVakninוקנין, אוקניןWaknin, Oknine8,646
57אֲסוֹלִיןAssoulineאסוליןAsulin8,631
58מֵאִירMeirמאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאיר, מאירMayr, Maijer, Maeir, Meier, Meyr, Miyir, Mejer, Maier, Meyer, Meir, Meijer, Majer, Mair8,382
59גְּרִינָבֶּרְגGreenbergגרינברג, גרינברג, גרינברג, גרינברגר, גרימברגGreenberg, Grynberg, Grinberg, Grinberger, Grimberg8,206
60גּוֹלְדָּשְׁטַיְיןGoldsteinגולדשטיין, גולדשטיין, גולדשטיין, גולדשטיין, גולדשטיין, גולדשטיין, גולדסטיין, גולדסטיוGoldsztajn, Goldstain, Goldstejn, Goldstein, Goldsztejn, Goldsztein, Goldstine, Goldsteen8,073
61וַיְיסWeissוייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייס, וייסהVais, Vajs, Waisz, Wais, Waiss, Weihs, Weisz, Veis, Weiss, Weis, Weisse8,064
62בָּרוּךBaruchברוך, ברוך, ברוך, ברוך, ברוך, ברו-ברוךBeruch, Baruch, Baroch, Baruj, Barukh, Barouh8,034
63אֲמְסָלָםAmsalemאמסלם, אמסלם, אמסלם, אמסלם, אמסלם, אמסלם, אמסל, אנסלמהAmselem, Emsellem, Emsalem, Amsalem, Amsellam, Amsallam, Amsel, Anselme7,942
64רוּבִּיןRubinרובין, רובין, רובין, רובין, רובין-רוויןRobbin, Roubin, Roubine, Rubin, Ruvin7,725
65פְּלְדָמָןFeldmanפלדמן, פלדמן, פילדמןFeldman, Feldmann, Fealdman7,721
66עֶזְרָאEzraעזראEzra7,651
67הַרְאֵלHarel7,586
68יִפְרָחYifrahיפרחYifrah7,566
69סָבָגSabagסבג, אסבג, שבוךSabag, Essebagh, Shebokh7,519
70קָדוֹשׁKadoshקדוש, קדוש, קדוש, קדוש, קדושKadosh, Kadoch, Cadoch, Kaddouch, Qadosh7,434
71גּוֹלְדבֶּרְגGoldbergגולדברגGoldberg7,365
72חַיִּיםHaimחיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, חיים, היים-חייםChaim, Hayym, Chajjim, Chaym, Haym, Cheim, Chajm, Hyam, Hayyim, Haim, Heim7,284
73רָזRaz7,196
74קוֹרֵןKorenקורן, קורן, קורן, קוהרן-קורןKoren, Korn, Korene, Kohrn7,078
75שָׁרוֹןSharon6,954
76צוּרTzurצור, צורZurr, Zur6,920
77יִשְׂרָאֵלYisrael,
Israel
ישראל, ישראל, ישראל, ישראלYcrael, Isrel, Ysrael, Israel6,830
78רְבִינוֹבִיץRabinowitzרבינוביץ, רבינוביץ, רבינוביץ, רובינוביץRabinowitz, Rabinovitz, Rabbinowitz, Robinowitz6,805
79סוֹפֵרSoferסופר, סופר, סופר, סופרSofer, Sopher, Soffer, Sauphar6,708
80שׁוֹוְרָץSchwartz (see #53)שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ, שוורץ-סוורקSchvarcz, Schwarc, Schwarz, Shwarz, Shwartz, Schwartz, Svarz, Schvartz, Schwarcz, , Szwarc, Swartz, Svarc6,705
81יִצְחָקִיYitzhakiיצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקי, יצחקיItzchaki, Itzchaky, Yizhaki, Yitzchak, Yitzchaki, Izhaki, Yitschaki, Yitzchaky, Izchaki6,672
82דָּדוֹןDadonדדון, דודוןDadoun, Dudun6,645
83אַבְרָמוֹבAbramovאברמובAbramov6,592
84יִשְׂרָאֵליYisraeli,
Israeli
ישראלי, ישראלי, ישראליIsreeli, Israeli, Israely6,542
85דָּנִיֵּאלDanielדניאלDaniel6,511
86אַהֲרוֹנִיAharoniאהרוני, אהרוניAaroni, Aharoni6,502
87לֵבLev6,422
88שׁוֹשָׁןShoshanשושן, שושן, שושן, שושן-סוסןShushan, Chouchen, Soussan, Susan6,366
89רַחֲמִיםRachamim6,335
90מִילָרMillerמילר, מילר-מיילרMiller, Myller6,322
91יְחֶזְקֵאָלYechezkel6,286
92הָרוֹשׁHaroshהרוש, הרוש, הרוש, הרוש, הרוש, הרוש, הרוס-הרושHaroch, Harosh, Harouch, Harouche, Harrosh, Harrouch, Harrous6,281
93אוֹרֶןOrenאורןOren6,259
94בָּרָקBarakברק, ברק, ברק, ברק, ברקBerk, Barak, Barack, Berek, Berc6,192
95קַפְּלָןKaplanקפלן, קפלן, קפלין, קפלוןKaplan, Caplan, Caplin, Kaplun6,141
96רוֹזֵןRosenרוזן, רוזןRosenne, Rosen6,005
97סוֹלוֹמוֹןSolomonסולומון, סולומון, סולומון, סולומוןSaulomon, Saulmon, Solomon, Sollomon5,999
98דּוֹיְדּוֹבDavidovדוידוב, דוידובDavidow, Davidov5,998
99בִּנְיָמִיןBinyaminבנימין, בנימין, בנימיןBenyamine, Binyamin, Benjamin5,986
100גְּרוֹסGrossגרוס, גרוסGrosz, Gross5,946
101הֲרְשָׁקוֹבִיץHershkowitzהרשקוביץ, הרשקוביץ, הרשקוביץ, הרשקוביץ, הרסקוביץHershkobitz, Hershkowitz, Herszkovicz, Herschkovitch, Herskowic5,909

101 Most Popular Jewish Boys Names in Israel in 2016

I’m happy to release my list of the 101 most popular Jewish boys names in Israel for 2016, based on recently released data for that year. This follows up my earlier releases of lists for 2014 and 2015. You can also see the lists for the 101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2016.

Five boys names broke into the list in 2016 – Ari (all the way from 106 to 56), Malachi (107 to 77), Roy/Roi (108 to 88), Gabriel (111 to 92) and Osher (104 to 99). The five that left the list were Yotam (99 to 103), Tomer (91 to 105), Dan (101 to 106), Yarin (90 to 108), and Ofek (80 to 109).

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.

2016
Rank
2015
Rank
2014
Rank
Name
(Hebrew)
Name
(English)
Number
111נוֹעַםNoam1505
223דָּוִדDavid1479
332אוריUri/Ori1385
447אֲרִיאֵלAriel1251
564יוֹסֵףJoseph1237
655אֵיתָןEitan (Ethan)1175
798דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel1165
876אִיתַּיItai1067
989יְהוֹנָתָןYehonatan1053
101010מֹשֶׁהMoshe975
111414יְהוּדָהYehuda (Judah)956
121311אַבְרָהָםAbraham928
132636לָבִיאLavi876
141918יִשְׂרָאֵלYisrael (Israel)831
151115אִיתָמָרItamar824
161817עוֹמֶרOmer780
171512יוֹנָתָןYonatan (Jonathan)769
181616יָאִירYair743
192120יַעֲקֹבYaakov (Jacob)743
202524אַלְיָהEliya741
213237רְפָאֵלRaphael735
221730שְׁמוּאֵלShmuel (Samuel)733
231213עִידּוֹIdo724
242225מִיכָאֵלMichael706
252321יִצְחָקYitzchak (Isaac)674
262428חַיִּיםChaim647
272023הַרְאֵלHarel642
283135שִׁמְעוֹןShimon (Simon)594
292922עָמִיתAmit583
302719אַלּוֹןElon579
313332שְׁלֹמֹהShlomo (Solomon)533
325456עוֹמֶרִיOmri514
333026עִילָּאִיIlay512
342827גַּיְאGuy505
353531בֵּןBen487
363429נהוראיNehorai482
373734נְתַנְאֵלNetanel477
384438מֵאִירMeir466
394233אָדָםAdam461
404948מָרְדְּכַיMordechai457
414345נִיתַּאיNitai455
424044אוֹרOr452
434751יִשַׁיYishai440
445357יַנַּאיYanai439
453640אַהֲרוֹןAharon (Aaron)438
464539לִיאַםLiam429
474146בִּנְיָמִיןBenjamin428
483954אֵלִיָּהוּEliyahu422
493841נָדָבNadav403
505049מְנַחֵםMenachem394
514859הללHillel/Hallel377
525152רוֹעִיRoi374
535758נָתָןNatan (Nathan)373
545242יוּבַלYuval367
5565128אֵלרוֹאִיElroi362
56106111אֲרִיAri353
574643יוֹאָבYoav347
586161מַתָּןMatan312
5967120בְּנָיָהBnaya310
605950לִיאוֹרLior310
61100124אִימְרִיImri307
625553מָאוֹרMaor303
635868אֲבִיאֵלAviel293
645662אֶבְיָתָרEviatar289
657780בְּאֵרִיBeeri289
667874נְבוֹNevo269
676366שַׁחַרShachar267
686255אָבִיבAviv263
699291רוֹםRom262
706047עִידָּןIdan259
717373נוהNeveh257
726464אוֹפִירOphir248
737063אָסָףAsaf247
748789נַחְמָןNachman246
756960דּוֹרDor244
767495לִירוֹיLeroi234
77107121מַלְאָכִיMalachi229
786869אוּרִיאֵלUriel226
798272אֶלְחָנָןElchanan222
806665איילEyal221
818990אֲמִיתַּיAmitai218
827576יַהַבYahav218
839371רוֹןRon218
849583צְבִיZvi215
858492שָׁלוֹםShalom210
867167יָהֵלִיYaheli209
878693נֵרִיָּהNeriah207
88108147רוֹיRoy/Roi206
899478אוריהUriah201
907284אֱלִיאָבEliav201
918587שִׁילֹהShilo201
92111108גַּבְרִיאֵלGabriel197
938182יִנּוֹןYinon197
94103125אַדִּירAdir195
9596112אֵלִיעֶזֶרEliezer195
967981דְּבִירDvir192
9788104עוֹזOz192
989788שַׁיShai191
9910497אוֹשֶׁרOsher189
10011686תּוֹםTom189
10183105מַעֲיָיןMaayan185

101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2016

I’m happy to release my list of the 101 most popular Jewish girls names in Israel for 2016, based on recently released data for that year. This follows up my earlier releases of lists for 2014 and 2015. You can also see the lists for the 101 Most Popular Boys Names in Israel in 2016.

Three girls names broke into the top 101 in 2016 – Arbel (which jumped all the way from 104 to 73), Shoshana (105 to 93), and Chava (107 to 101). The three names that left the list were Lior (90 to 104), Shilat (101 to 105) and Yaara (92 to 106).

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.

2016
Rank
2015
Rank
2014
Rank
Name
(Hebrew)
Name
(English)
Number
122תָּמָרTamar1322
211נוֹעָהNoa1293
348אֲבִיגַיִלAbigail1182
434מַאיָהMaya1178
595יָעֵלYael1106
666אַדֶלAdele1101
773שִׁירָהShira1047
81010שָׂרָהSarah1034
989איילהAyala1003
1057טַלְיָהTalia989
111611אֶסְתֵּרEsther870
121416לִיָהLia791
131314חַנָּהChana (Hanna)771
141918רִבְקָהRivka (Rebecca)746
151119רוֹנִיRoni740
161217רוֹמִיRomi730
171821הוֹדָיָהHodaya700
182015אֵלָהElah690
191513מִיכַלMichal689
202427חַיָּהChaya682
212220רָחֵלRachel677
221712נוֹיָהNoya655
232326מִרְיָםMiriam645
243335אֵמָהEmma642
252933רוּתRuth593
262124יוּבַלYuval586
272622עַלְמָהAlma579
283937הַלֵּלHallel573
292829אֲרִיאֵלAriel568
303025תָּהֶלTahal554
312523אֲגַםAgam549
322732נָעֳמִיNaomi504
333631לִיאַןLian/Leanne476
343739גַּאיָהGaia452
353540אֶפְרָתEfrat451
363428עֲדִיAdi451
373134נֹגַהּNoga449
383230הִילָּהHila435
395245נֶטַעNeta432
404141לֵאָהLeah414
414252אֶמִילִיEmily412
427795עוֹמֶרOmer408
436247הֲדַסָּהHadassa405
444042תְּהִילָּהTehila405
453836מַעֲיָיןMaayan393
465053טוֹהָרTohar387
475143נוֹעַםNoam380
484355יָהֵלִיYaheli379
496462לִיבִּיLibi378
504450אוריהUria/Oria374
515561מַלְכָּהMalka373
525646מִיקָהMika369
535857הֲדַסHadas360
544551עוֹפְרִיOfri354
554638הָדָרHadar350
564748נַעֲמָהNaama346
575756יְהוּדִיתYehudit (Judith)337
585368אֱלִישֶׁבַעElisheva (Elizabeth)336
594959שָׁקֵדShaked336
604860שִׁירShir331
616054אוֹרִיOri324
625467אֲבִישַׁגAvishag316
635949עָמִיתAmit307
648592שַׁי-לִיShaily299
656671אַלְיָהAliya282
666974דְּבוֹרָהDvora (Deborah)282
676864דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel281
687072גֶּפֶןGefen279
696358אוֹפִירOphir278
706144אוֹרOr277
716563לִיאֵלLiel272
728085שַׁיShai263
73104114אַרְבֵּלArbel262
747275שַׁחַרShachar259
757976אָנָּאֵלAnael243
767466עֵדֶןEden240
776765מוֹרִיָּהMoriah237
787886אֲבִיָּהAvia236
798190אַלְמָהAlma235
808269אָלִיןAleen218
817683מַאיMay217
828473גִּילִיGili210
837379נֶחָמָהNechama209
849877רוֹתֶםRotem203
859782בִּרָכָהBracha202
868884זוֹהַרZohar201
879688אֲבִיטַלAvital196
887178יַרְדֵּןYarden (Jordan)196
8995101כַּרְמֶלCarmel192
907570שָׁנִיShani192
918781אוֹדֶלOdele190
9289106גַּלִּיGali185
93105112שׁוֹשַׁנָּהShoshana181
949494אָבִיבAviv176
958691דָּנִיֵּאלָהDaniella174
969393הִילִיHili174
978389בַּת שֶׁבַעBatsheva171
9810098צִפּוֹרָהTziporah169
9999132יוּלִיYuli (July)166
1009187אוֹרִיןOrin165
10110797חַוָּהChava165