December 30, 2009 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #591025
I think we kind of established Friedman as the most common frum surname in an earlier thread as far as Ashkenazim are concerned. (I think if you count all communities and allow for variations, it is Cohen or Levy).
Anyone want to guess the most common first names (Jewish) in the frum world?
(either alone or with other names)
(again either alone or with other names).
Here I am counting all communities; if just Ashkenazim Gittel would be among the most common female names as might be Feige, and men = Menachem Mendel as even before Chabad made it the name of choice it was very common in Europe.December 30, 2009 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #671355namelessMember
RifkyDecember 30, 2009 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #671356
Boy did I misread this thread!
Most common, any of the names of the Avos or Emahos, followed by Moshe, Dovid, Aharon, Yosef, (all the Ushpizin,I guess), Shmuel, the shevatim, etc.December 30, 2009 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #671357
Yes, Esther and Yosef definitely.December 30, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm #671358namelessMember
Lets rephrase the question and make it more challenging;
Most common NON BIBLICAL names;
AryehDecember 31, 2009 3:14 am at 3:14 am #671359tyMember
Aryeh is a BIBLICAL name in this parashah gore aryeh yehudaDecember 31, 2009 4:08 am at 4:08 am #671360MYMMember
The NYC department of Vital Statistics publishes the top one hundred (plus ties) baby names broken down by race/ethnicity. In terms of frum names this would cover neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Boro Park, etc. and will give a good idea of popular frum names.
Looking at the non-Hispanic white male list for 2008 and selecting for the obviously frum names we get:
Moshe, Chaim, Menachem, Yehuda, Shimon, Yosef, Mordechai, Yisroel, Shmuel, Shlomo, Yitzchok, Asher, Tzvi, Yaakov, Meir, Yakov, Shulem, Zev, Eliyahu, Mendel, Yechiel, Ariel, Eliezer, Yehoshua, Dovid, Avrohom, Naftali, Ari, Aryeh, Alimelech, Noam, Akiva, Pinchas, Dov, Efraim, Eitan, Hersh, Hershy, Shaya, Shia, Naftuli, Simcha, Hershel, Baruch, Cheskel. Shlome, Yisrael, Binyomin, Ilan, Mendy, Moishe, Zalmen, Binyamin, Boruch, Yoel, Aharon, Gavriel, Nachman, Benzion, Chesky, Lipa, Shimshon, Mordche, Shloma, Shraga.
I left out names like Eli, Levi, David, etc. which could come from any kind of family.
In 2008, the non-Hispanic white girls’ frum names are
Esther, Sarah, Rachel, Chaya, Leah, Miriam, Sara, Chana, Rivka, Faigy, Malka, Malky, Raizy, Devorah, Shaindy, Gitty, Naomi, Rivky, Baila, Chava, Shira, Dina, Hindy,Noa, Talia, Yitty, Nechama, Goldy, Rochel, Blimy, Bracha, Blima, Yocheved, Perel, Pessie, Shoshana, Yehudis, Yael, Ahuva, Chany, Esty, Sima, Tamar, Brucha, Mirel, Raizel, Zissy, Acital, Lea, Rifky, Shifra, Batsheva, Bruchy, Devora, Elizheva, Fraidy, Avigail, Faiga, Idy, Liba, Ruth, Zippora, Zipporah, Breindy, Etty, Frady, Hadassah, Menucha, Freida, Gittel, Michal, Miri, Rifka, Rivkah, Ruchy, Shaina, Chavy, Fraida, Tehila, Zahava.
For the girls I had to make more judgment calls, like whether a particular spelling was more likely to be Muslim than frum, and whether Suri was a form of Sarah or named after the celebrity baby.
This certainly gives a good idea of which names are popular in NYC frum families. Anyone who is interested can scan the list for themselves. One thing the list makes very clear: frum Jews make up a very substantial percentage of NYC’s non-Hispanic white population.December 31, 2009 4:11 am at 4:11 am #671361JotharMember
My favorite common Biblical name is Yehudis. She was the wife of Eisav.December 31, 2009 4:31 am at 4:31 am #671363
Itai, Eitan, Liora, Yaniv, Limor, Galit, Yaron, all the Israeli or sefardi sounding names come to mind.December 31, 2009 5:57 am at 5:57 am #671364passion4musicMember
Girls: Sarah, Rachel, Esther, Chana
Boys: David, Eliyahu, Yosef, Rachamim, Moshe, YaakovDecember 31, 2009 8:34 am at 8:34 am #671365
Levi in NY is davka Jewish, among all Chassidim for Reb Levi Yitzchok meBerditchev ZYA and in Chabad for the father of the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZYA.
I did not add Menachem Mendel to my original list only because the large number of Sefardim in NY might balance out all the Chassidim who use the name. (Sefardi MM’s are usually born in Paris or EY). Not only Chabad – the three MM’s who come to my mind in the entertainment world, for instance, are Chassidim who have no kesher with Chabad as the name goes back to the earliest Chassidsh masters (Kotsk, Vitebsk).December 31, 2009 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #671366cantoresqMember
Yoeli in Satmer, Menachem Mendel, Chaya Mushke and Shneur Zalman in Lubavitch.December 31, 2009 2:46 pm at 2:46 pm #671367mybatMember
Sefardic common names
MazalDecember 31, 2009 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #671368
Yosef Yitzchok is more common that Schneur Zalman in Lubavitch. If you want to cause problems in 770, yell out “Mendy, Yossi!” or better yet go to the women’s convention on 22 Shvat and scream (girls only, please) Mushkie! Chanie! The latter will get you arrested for disturbing the peace due to the screeching and chaos which will ensue :)!
In fact I once did hear someone call out “Mendy” to his friend in 770 and half the shul looked up!December 31, 2009 2:58 pm at 2:58 pm #671369
On the general list of 100 NY names, I see (without looking too hard) Chaim, Joel, Yisroel, Menachem, Yehuda, Zion (!), Yaakov..there are probably many more.
Girls – I see Leah (also used by general population now), and Chana way up top. Malka isn’t far behind and I see Elisheva and Fraidy.
Again, I hardly looked.
Ken yirbu! I hope lots of neo-Nzis choke when they see that list.
It is the best answer to the tzoirer as well as to those who said that America is different.December 31, 2009 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #671370
The most popular jewish surname is (and I hate to be morbid) Z’L followed closely by Shlita.December 31, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm #671371squeakParticipant
jphone, you’ve already made that comment once. It was one of the first posts nominated for “post of the year”.
Most common frum first name: For men – Rabbi, for women – Rebetzin.January 1, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am #671372Pashuteh YidMember
I heard George Foreman named all of his kids George, including the girls.January 1, 2010 6:23 am at 6:23 am #671373
Squeak. I’m glad someone remembered.
Pashuta…if you were hit in the head as many times as he was, you’d also name all your kids George 🙂January 1, 2010 8:23 am at 8:23 am #671374bombmaniacParticipant
EDITEDJanuary 1, 2010 8:42 am at 8:42 am #671375
We forgot a very common one here on YWN.
🙂January 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am #671376
jphone – he named his grill George too!January 1, 2010 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #671377
“jphone – he named his grill George too! “
He had boys AND grills?????January 1, 2010 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #671378HIEParticipant
DOES anyone know where the name tzvi comes from??
what ha[[ened was many years ago there were too many moshe”s, so they took the name moshe and in hebrew with the method of “AT BASH” THEY changed the name moshe in to tzviJanuary 1, 2010 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #671379MYMMember
The way I heard it, Tzvi means ‘deer,’ ‘stag’ (hence the double name Tzvi Hirsch) and is a variant of or reference to Naftali whose emblem was the deer. In the same way Binyomin lies behind the names Ze’ev and Wolf, since Binyomin’s sign was the wolf, and Ari/Aryeh/Ariel/Loeb are variants of Yehudah, the lion.January 2, 2010 6:02 pm at 6:02 pm #671380
what ha[[ened was many years ago there were too many moshe”s, so they took the name moshe and in hebrew with the method of “AT BASH” THEY changed the name moshe in to tzvi
WHAT? LOLOLOLOL! This is really Purim in Teves!
“jphone – he named his grill George too! “
He had boys AND grills?????
For that one I’m afraid you get raked over the coals ;)!January 2, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm #671381
The most popular 1st name in my boys yeshiva is Friedman. 🙂January 3, 2010 4:54 am at 4:54 am #671382bein_hasdorimParticipant
The most popular name is… “Harav!” Seems today Bli A”H there are more
rebbes than laymen. I guess now, moshiach can come!January 3, 2010 4:55 am at 4:55 am #671383
Rawtz ka’tzvi, gibbor k’ari. Naftali was the swift runner who was likened to a tzvi.
“For that one I’m afraid you get raked over the coals ;)! “
Coal Yisrael Chaverim – – they would never do that to me.
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