According to data published by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, about 180,000 Israeli residents carry the surname Cohen while 1 in 25 Jewish Israelis either carry the surname Cohen or Levy. The data also revealed that 75% of married women changed their last names while only 10% of men did so.
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Yesterday (Tuesday), the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published information regarding Israeli surnames for 2016. The data revealed that the most common last name in Israel is Cohen with more than 180,000 citizens carrying it. That means that 6.2% of Israeli Jews are Cohens.
In second place is Levy, which is the last name of 5.1% of the Israeli Jewish population. In other words, 1 in every 25 Jewish Israelis has the last name Cohen or Levy. Following these two last names, the most common surnames are Mizrah, Perez, Bitton, Dahan, Avraham and Friedman.
The data also revealed that 75% of married Jewish women and 10% of married Jewish men changed their last names. In the Haredi towns of Elad, Modi’in Illit and Beitar Illit, the smallest percentage of married women who did not change their last names was recorded. In contrast, nearly a third of the married women living in Bat Yam did not change their surnames and in Arad, Netanya, Haifa, Carmiel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Eilat and Be’er Sheva, nearly a quarter of the married women did not change their surnames. 2.3% of the Israeli population carries two last names.