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Muhammed, Tamar top baby names of the year

According to population authority, 40,636 people died in past year, and 161,081 were born; marriage and divorce rates down

Illustrative photo of a newborn baby. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a newborn baby. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)

The top baby names of the year in Israel were Muhammed and Tamar, the Population and Immigration Authority said Saturday.

In a round-up ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, the authority recorded 40,636 deaths and 161,081 births. The birth rate was lower than last year’s, which stood at 176,230.

Muhammed was the most popular baby name for boys, followed by: Yosef, Eitan, Uri, Daniel, Ariel, Noam, David, Omar, and Itai.

Among baby girls, Tamar topped the list, then: Noa, Talia, Shira, Yael, Adele, Sarah, Miriam, Avigail, and Leanne.

According to the report, Israel welcomed 28,645 new immigrants since last Rosh Hashanah.

It said 58,512 Israelis got married in the past year, and 20,426 got divorced. Both rates were lower than the previous year, which saw 75,848 weddings and 23,419 divorces.

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