Muhammad, Israel’s most popular baby name, omitted from official list
Source: The Times of Isreal
Arab names ignored in Population and Immigration Authority yearly statement, despite significant share in population
Muhammad, not Yosef, topped the list of most popular name for newborn boys in Israel over the past year, in contrast with a statement issued by the Population and Immigration Authority on Sunday.
In the statement, released ahead of the Jewish New Year, the authority claimed Israeli boys were most commonly named Yosef, Daniel, Uri, Itai, Omer, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan, David — despite the fact that several Arab names were statistically more popular than the ones on the list.Nowhere in the statement was it noted that the list did not include Arabic baby names. Haaretz reported that aside from Muhammad, the name Ahmed was also omitted from the list, and should have placed ninth in terms of popularity.The authority’s list for popular girls names, however, did include the Arabic names Leanne and Miriam, though both are common among Jewish newborns as well.