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Jewish: from a Hebrew word denoting a female wild goat. The name is borne in the Bible by a Kenite woman who killed Sisera, the Canaanite general and an enemy of the Israelites, by hammering a tent peg through his temples while he was asleep (Judges 4:17–22). It has remained extremely popular among Jews to the present day, but has achieved little currency among non-Jews.
4,801st in the U.S.

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Quick facts

Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
3,677
to be exact
New York
has the most people named Yael per capita
2010
marked the height of its popularity
56%
44%
0%
55+
11%
30-54
13%
13-29
76%
0-12

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