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Although Hebrew names are among the oldest names in the history of the world, many have shaken off their ancient images and become the hottest names in the country. Mazel Tov!

Jacob has been the #1 name in the nation since 1999 when it stole the spot from the mighty Michael, which had been the top name for boys since 1954!

Currently the third most popular name in the U.S., this name’s meteoric rise to the top began in 1989, thanks to its association with popular actor Ethan Hawke and his role in the film Dead Poet’s Society.

Successfully shedding its biblical image to become a stylish hit, Noah rocketed into the Top 10 for the first time in history in 2009 and is currently the 4th most popular name for boys.

Loved for its vintage charm, Abigail was the 7th most popular name for girls in 2012. Abigail Breslin, the youngest actresses ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, has kept it in the public eye.

This Hebrew name meaning “grace” has been a perennial favorite bolstered by the popularity of character Hannah Montana, as well as being chosen by John & Kate Gosselin for one of their sextuplets born in 2004.

With its solid Old Testament pedigree, strong character and soft sound, it’s no wonder that over 14,000 baby boys are named Daniel each year!

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