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      Most Common Names for Babies in Israel: Noam, Noa

      More new Statistics: Childen are one third of the population, 28% of schoolchildren are in hareidi schools.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/16/2011, 7:41 PM

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      The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published some data in honor of Universal Children's Day

      The most common names given to newborns in the last decade are Noam for boys and Noa for girls. 

      Other popular names for boys include Itai, Uri, Yehonatan, Daniel, David and Ariel. 

      Popular girls' names include Shira, Maya, Tamar, Talia and Noia.

      At the end of 2010 there were 2.52 million children aged 0-17 living in Israel. They comprised about one-third of the population. Of these children, about 1,790,000 were Jewish, 603,000 were Muslim, 47,000 Druze and about 37,000 Christian Arabs.

      Ninety-six percent of the Jewish children in Israel were born in Israel, and 79% of them were born to a father who was also born in Israel.

      The highest average number of children per household (in households that have children) was in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem, where it was 3.5 and 3.1, respectively. The national average is 2.4.

      In the 5770 school year (2009-10), children in hareidi-religious supervised elementary schools made up 28% of the children in Jewish educational systems. This number was up significantly from 20% just 10 years earlier. Hareidi-religious pupils in middle and high school reached 20% -- up from 15% a decade earlier.

      The average number of children per Israel mother is 3.03 children – roughly unchanged from the late 1980s.