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Moshe, Esther Most Popular Baby Names in Borough Park for Year 2015

January 23, 2017      

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Moshe, Esther Most Popular Baby Names in Borough Park for Year 2015

This past December, at the same time the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) did the same at a national level, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released the Big Apple’s list of most popular names for babies born in 2015 (the last year for which data are available).

According to the Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ethan for boys and Olivia for girls were the most popular names across the five boroughs of New York City in 2015.

Of the 121,673 babies born in New York City in 2015, records show 773 Ethans and 595 Olivias.

In Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood, however, Moshe and Esther respectively topped the city’s official name lists.  Borough Park is home to Brooklyn’s largest Orthodox Jewish community, and a proportionate presence of Hamaspik services and supports for that ever-growing community.

(Not surprisingly, at almost 41,000, Brooklyn reported the most babies born by borough for 2015, with Queens a distant second at just under 27,000.)

Following Moshe in Borough Park were Chaim, David, Shimon and Abraham in the respective #2 to #5 rankings.  Following “Queen Esther” in popularity were Leah, Chaya, Miriam and Rivka.

It seems that historical heroes are leading their people again—at least in Borough Park.