Journal News data analyst Tim Henderson, who has been researching changing population demographics in Rockland, recently obtained the latest list of birth countries for new mothers and the most popular baby names.
Here are the eight most popular birth countries of the mother for babies born in 2008, the most recent year for which data was available:
United States 3,297; Haiti 209, Guatemala 203, Ecuador 182, Israel 120, Dominican Republic 111, El Salvador 110, Mexico 107.
Here are Rockland’s most popular baby names for 2008, the most recent year for which data was available:
Males: Joseph, Michael, Moshe, David, Abraham
Females: Esther, Rachel, Rivka, Chaya, Leah
Here’s what the list looked like in 2000:
Males: Michael, Matthew, Joseph, John, Nicholas
Females: Sarah, Samantha, Jessica, Nicole, Julia and Kayla (tied)
Males: Michael, Christopher, Daniel, John, Matthew
Females: Jessica, Amanda, Nicole, Samantha, Sarah