Americans Get Biblical With Names

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

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What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to hot baby names for 2014. New parents are looking not to celebrities, but to the Bible for inspiration, say those who track naming trends in the United States

Names like Joshua, Noah, Michael, Abigail, Hannah and Sarah have been popular for the past decade or more. In fact, Jacob has occupied the top spot in the boys’ names rankings since 1999.

However, according to the experts, parents will be choosing lesser-known biblical names for their children born in 2014. The folks at BabyNames.net, who run an online “Belly Ballot” service for friends and family to weigh in on expectant couples’ favorite name choices, have noticed some of these more obscure biblical names recently rise to the surface.

Based on four-months worth of recent data from 3,500 registered couples and 25,000 votes from their social circles, they have come up with some strong predictions for the coming year.

“The popular names for boys will be Levi, Caleb, Isaac, Luke and Isaiah,” says columnist Julie D. Andrews, who follows celebrity baby-naming trends for the site. “For girls, we are going to see Naomi, Shiloh and Judith.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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