Israeli population jumps to 9 million as Tamar and Yosef become most popular names (video)By Mason White 3:20 PM September 22, 2014
|Jews at the Western Wall|
By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) The Israeli population soared to almost 9 million as the Jewish state gets ready for the Jewish New Year holiday, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority reported.
On Sunday, the population stood at 8,904,373 – which is 173,811 more than the same period last year.
The number of new immigrants to Israel during the last Jewish calendar year was 24,801. 176,230 babies were born. Of these, 90,646 were males and 85,584 babies were girls.
“For the first time ever, Israel’s Jewish population topped 6 million, a psychological number given the Holocaust that took the lives of 6 million Jews,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Nearly 8 million foreigners visited Israel during the past year.
The top ten names for girls are Tamar, Noa, Shira, Adele, Talia, Yael, Lian, Miriam, Maya, and Avigail, while the top ten names for boys are Yosef, Daniel, Uri, Itay, Omer, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan, and David.