To continue with an exploration of global names - check out Top Baby Names in Russia from 9/28 - I'll be moving ahead to Israel! Names with Hebrew origins are very popular in the US - Ethan, Noah, Abigail, Sarah - so why not check out more modern Hebrew choices?
Because Israel splits up statistics by religion, this post will be about Jewish names - perhaps Muslim and Christian posts will follow? Let me know if you're interested, readers!
Source: List of most popular given names
An excellent alternative to Noah, Noam is more substantial and has a great meaning - "pleasantness". Quite a few famous Noam's have popped up in history, if you love a name with traditional roots.
Ori is the perfect male complement to the more feminine Ari. It means "my light", which is adorable for any little one. It might be too short for a US name, so try it as a nickname for Orion or Orlando.
Also spelled Ithai, this Old Testament name means "with me". It could be a great alternative to Ethan, Isaac or Ty, but it's definitely unique!
Yosef - Joseph
Currently ranked at #709 in the US, this name is accessible but could be an uncommon way to honor a grandpa Joe. Nicknames Seff or Sefi are also cute.
Originally a male name meaning "lion of God", this name was claimed for the girls in 1989 with the release of The Little Mermaid. Perhaps Ariel could return to the boys side in another few years?
Yonatan - Jonathan
I'm more of a fan of the English variation, but Yonatan could work if you're looking for something more unique in the US - bonus points for adorable nickname Yoni!
Eitan - Ethan
Pronounced AY-tahn, this is a cool mix between popular Ethan and unusual Eden. Few English boys names begin with "Ei", to add to the rareness.
Moshe - Moses
Most popularly associated with the Biblical prophet, Moses has been on the US Top 1000 since 1880. The Hebrew variation softens the name a bit, but the original feels more usable.
While this name has a history and meaning all its own - "movement" - it might be too close to boys' #1 Noah to find footing in the US. Noemie, Genoa, or Inoa would be more accesible as a full name.
Meaning "my song", this could be a great alternative to Shay, Shelby or Shiloh. It has only appeared on the US Top 1000 once, in 1985.
Tamar - Tamara
Dropping the A at the end of popular Tamara invites a much cooler interpretation. Next to other ends-in-R names like Skyler or Harper, Tamar will fit right in.
On its own, this name is pretty and strong without being overused. As a nickname of Natalia, it's also a unique option. Talia would also work as a cross-cultural option.
An intriguing name with no parallels in the US, Yael is the name of a female warrior in the Old Testament - tenacious and exotic, this is a great choice!
Edel - Adele
From the Hebrew for "ornament", this Yiddish name will fit in with the other trendy E-names without giving up any personality. Note - other languages also claim Edel, but with different meanings.
Avigail - Abigail
Meaning "my father is joy", this could be a nice alternative to Abigail - but you'll be asked to spell it almost every time it's said. Avi or Abbie might work better.
This name is a feminine and friendly alternative to Aaliyah or Aria. It means "doe" in Hebrew - other variations include Aya or Ayelet.