17 Jewish Baby Names That Were Popular in the 2000s – Kveller (2024)

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Oh, the 2000s! What a decade. The newly-invented gadgets, like the iPod and the iMac, were chunky and the jeans were low-rise. Pottermania reigned supreme, as did mega pop and hip hop stars like Beyoncé and Missy Elliot. And social media — MySpace and later, Facebook, invented by Jewish entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg — brought the world closer together.

20 years later, boy, are we feeling the nostalgia for all of it.

The decade’s most popular Jewish baby names reflect the spirit of the times, featuring some very Y2K names for the new millennium along with some classics inspired by our matriarchs and patriarchs. The 200 top names from Social Security Administration’s list offer a plethora of Jewish options — and, just as the era did, all of them encapsulate the beautiful promise of new life.

Read on to see some of our favorites. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our Baby Name Finder for more inspiration!


Jacob— Claiming the top spot of most popular names for boys in the 2000s, Jacob is a name that honors the third biblical patriarch. And itmeans “to follow” in Hebrew!

Joshua— This Jewish name means “God is my salvation” in Hebrew. Joshua was the name of the leader of the Israelites after Moses; the Hebrew version is Yehoshua. It is also the name of Jewish dad Josh Peck who was a Nickelodeon legend in the 2000s thanks to his show “Drake & Josh.”

Levi— Meaning “attached,” the name Levi was given to the third son of Jacob and Leah. Additionally, the 2000s were a time of iconic fashion, which included the massively popular Levi’s jeans! With a name like Levi, your little guy will be the most fashion-forward kid at daycare.

Daniel— Whereas Daniel was the eighth most popular boy’s name in the 1990s, it jumped up to the fifth spot in the 2000s! Yay, Daniel! A name with Hebrew origins that means “God Is My Judge,” you can’t go wrong with this name — especially when the Jewish actor who played Harry Potter from 2001-2011 is, of course, Daniel Radcliffe.

Ethan— A name with Hebrew origins meaning “strong” or “enduring,” you might consider naming your child after one very strong Jew: Ethan Zohn, the winner of the 2001 season of “Survivor.”

Emmanuel— This name means “God is with Us” in Hebrew, and isn’t that just so comforting? While Emmanuel only came in at 175th most popular in the 2000s, maybe the name will encourage your baby to be a snuggle bug!

Jonathan— In Hebrew, Jonathan (or Yehonatan) means “God has Given.” And throughout the aughts, we were all given the hilarious gifts of Jewish comedian Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

Michael— This Hebrew name means “Who is like God.” Famous Michaels include an angel (in the Jewish tradition) and the infamous character Michael Scott from “The Office,” which began in 2005. Though Steve Carrell, the actor who portrays Michael, isn’t Jewish, many writers from “The Office” are!


Noah/Noa— OK, so bear with me here. A male name with Hebrew origins, Noah (or Noach) means comfort; Noa, a female name with Hebrew origins, means “movement.” So yes, while Noah/Noa are two separate names of Hebrew origin, in English they are the same beautiful name which would be perfect for a baby of any gender!

Jonah— As we all know, Jonah (or Yona), meaning dove or pigeon, was the biblical prophet who was swallowed by a giant fish or whale. This might be a good story to (jokingly) tell when your sweet little child Jonah inevitably grows up into a rebellious teenager.


Hannah— A name that honors the mother of the biblical prophet Samuel, Hannah means “compassionate” or “gracious” in Hebrew. This name also comes with a bunch of alternate spellings likeHana, Channah or Channa, if you want to switch it up!

Sarah— Meaning “Princess,” Sarah is an absolutely classic Jewish name that honors our first matriarch. It could also honor Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman, whose TV show “The Sarah Silverman” program debuted in 2007.

Isabella— Though this name came to Hebrew through Greek or Latin first, it’s still gorgeous and means “My God Is an Oath.”

Ava— Meaning “life,” the name Ava is essentially a shortened version of the Hebrew name Chava. As someone whose Hebrew name is Chava, I want it known that Ava has my stamp of approval.

Rachel— Another classic Hebrew name meaning “ewe,” Rachel honors the fourth Jewish matriarch. It could also honor Rachel Green, the Jewish-coded main character of the ’90s and early 2000s sitcom “Friends.”

Emma— Clocking in at the third most popular name from the 2000s, Emma most likely derives from the name “Emmanuel.” Thus, by extension, Emma might have some Hebrew origins as well, and means “universal” or “strength.”

Aliyah— Though the 91st most popular girl name from the 2000s is spelled “Aaliyah,” which is a name with Arabic origins — inspired by the singer who tragically died in 2001 — “Aliyah” is a version of that name with Hebrew origins! Meaning “ascend” or “go up,” your daughter Aliyah will know that she’s at the top of your list of priorities.

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17 Jewish Baby Names That Were Popular in the 2000s – Kveller (2024)


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What is the most popular Jewish name? ›

1. Noah. At the top of our list is the biblical Hebrew boys' name Noah.

What is the most Jewish girl's name? ›

The Most Popular Jewish Baby Names for Girls
  • Sarah – Sarah is arguably the most popular Jewish female name. ...
  • Hannah – Meaning, “compassionate” or “gracious,” Hannah is a Hebrew name that has ranked in the top 50 popular names since 2000!
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What is the most Jewish last name? ›

Many surnames reflect priestly or levitical heritage. One of the most common of all Jewish surnames is Kohen [priest] and its variations, Cohen, Kahn, Kogan, and Katz.

Which are the early 2000s? ›

Thus, the early 2000s are 2000 - spring 2003, the mid 2000s are spring 2003 - autumn 2006 and the late 2000s are autumn 2006 - 2009. Because it is too confusing, there are really no ''mid and late 2000s or early 2010s'', there are no ''20 -oh-oh years, or the 20-teens''.

What were the nicknames for the early 2000s? ›

The aughts (American English) or noughties (British English) are terms referring to the decade 2000 to 2009. These arise from the words aught and nought respectively, both meaning zero.

What are the seven Jewish names? ›

Rabbinic Judaism recognizes seven especially holy names for God:
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  • Eloah ("God")
  • Elohim ("Gods")
  • Shaddai ("Almighty")
  • Ehyeh ("I am")
  • Tzevaot ("[of] Hosts")
  • YHWH.
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What are the Jewish names for babies? ›

50 Hebrew Baby Names
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ElijahThe Lord is my God
EzekielGod strengthens
GabrielGod is my strength
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What is a Jewish last name? ›

Some traditional surnames relate to Jewish history or roles within the religion, such as Cohen ("priest"), Levi, Shulman ("synagogue-man"), Sofer ("scribe"), or Kantor ("cantor"), while many others relate to a secular occupation or place names.

What is the Jewish name for beautiful? ›

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What girl name means God's daughter? ›

Baby Girl Name: Bithiah. Meaning: Daughter of God.

What Jewish name means strong girl? ›

Below are a collection of Jewish names for your baby from Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-Italian that exude strength, fortitude and dignity.
  • Girl names.
  • Adira (Hebrew): “Strength”
  • Astruga (Ladino/Judeo-Spanish): “Fortune”
  • Bina (Hebrew): “Understanding, wisdom”
  • Chaya (Hebrew): “Life”
  • Ditza (Hebrew): “Cheer”
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What is a good Jewish first name? ›

In the bible, Eliam was the father of King David's wife Batsheva. Other names that gained popularity this year include Azriel, Yaakov, and Avi. For girls, the name Noah, which consistently tops the boys' list, was more common, and the beautiful nature name Dalia, which means branch in Hebrew, did, too.

Can you tell if someone is Jewish by their last name? ›

You generally can't identify Jewish ancestry by a surname alone. Actually, there are only three surnames (and their variations) that are generally specifically Jewish: Cohen, Levy, and Israel. Yet, even variations of these common Jewish-specific surnames may not be Jewish in origin.

What are the top ten most popular Jewish names? ›

The Top 10 baby names for the past two years
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What was a cute 2000s name? ›

The 2000s was the peak of names like Madison, Hailey, and Natalie for girls, and Jacob, Dylan, and Christian for boys. Along with Madison, other 2000s girl names that remain in the US Top 100 today include Isabella, Chloe, Lily, and Savannah.

What were the top 10 girl names in 2000? ›

  • Emily.
  • Madison.
  • Emma.
  • Olivia.
  • Hannah.
  • Abigail.
  • Isabella.
  • Samantha.
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What is a popular Gen Z name? ›

The name Amelia has increased by 142,925% since 1990, while Taylor and Katherine have declined by 99%. Noah has risen in popularity by 133,130% since 1990. Emily is the most common name for Gen Z girls, and Jacob is the most common name for Gen Z boys.

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