Meet Jack and Lily, tomorrow's perfect Jewish couple?

You never know. These are the names we're giving our babies, after all


Want to know whose names you're going to find under the wedding pictures in the JC in two decades' time?

Well, there may well be a Jack and Lily among them - for a new survey has found them to be the most popular names among our current birth announcements.

They topped the list compiled for the past Hebrew calendar year by the Jewish Baby Directory, an online resource for parents.

It also revealed that Samuel, the most popular baby first name in 5775, had fallen out of the top 10, while Rose fell into second place after topping the previous list.

Biblical names such as Noah, Zach, Jacob and Joshua continued to be popular for boys, while Evie was the only biblical derivative name given to girls in the top 10. Talia was a new entrant at number 10.

"I think people feel that they can be more creative with girls' names, whereas with boys, people tend to choose much more traditional names," said JBD co-founder Naomi Goldman.

While noting that traditional Jewish names tended to be most popular in the community, she pointed out that some parents had called their boys Bear, Cosmo, Dax, Jaff and Maro. Others called their girls Asney, Luna, Mali and Harper.

Of the latter, Mrs Goldman questioned whether the name had come "in honour of young Ms Beckham?"

There were 147 girls' first names and 139 boys' first names.

Mrs Goldman pointed out that the popularity of names was related to national figures .

Oddly, the top two are not the most prominent among Jewish household names and the likes of film star Jack Black and YouTube beauty blogger Lily Pebbles seem more the exception than the rule.

Although, all that may be set to change if this trend continues.

Mrs Goldman said: "In terms of national trends in 2014, Amelia and Oliver were the most popular. Oliver was joint fifth in our list, whereas Amelia was not so common. Oliver, Jack, Harry and Jacob were the top four boys' names nationally and these all appeared in our top five too.

"Olivia came second nationally and joint third in our list but that was the only overlap between the two in the top five girls' names."

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