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Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names

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By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

Mohammed reclaimed its place as the most popular name for baby boys born in England and Wales in 2011 – convincingly ahead of Harry, in second place, according to data released by the government this week.

The government declared that Harry was the most popular boy’s name, but if you add up the five most popular different spellings of Mohammed, that name comes top.

Mohammed is also the most popular boy’s name of the past five years for England and Wales, ahead of Oliver and Jack. It came first or second every year since 2007, the only name to do so.

And it could become even more popular in 2012, given the adulation around long-distance runner Mo Farah, who won two gold medals for Britain at the Olympics.

The popularity of the name comes as Britain’s Muslim population is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The country, which was about 2% Muslim in 1990, grew to 4.6% Muslim in 2010, with nearly 2.9 million followers of the faith, according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

By 2030, the United Kingdom will be just over 8% Muslim, with more than 5.5 million adherents, the Washington-based think tank projected in a 2011 report, “The Future of the Global Muslim Population.” Read further in CNN.

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4 Responses to Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names

  1. Anisa

    August 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I love to know it. Allhamdulillah.

  2. Issa Boakye

    August 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

    ALLAHU AKBAR!

  3. M.S.Khalid,

    August 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    All praise to God Almighty. WE really feel obliged to Mr.Richard A.Greene of CNN,for his research/studies, the result of which makes all the Muslims through out the world a happy lot,yes! very happy, full of honor and pride beyond description. SubhanAllah, AlhamdolillaheyRabbilAlameen. Here all the readers, are requested to recite with repetition, the pious ‘Darood Shareef’ as many times as possible, in thankfulness to our Creator, All-powerful, Allah.
    And now a request to the editor of ‘The Muslim Times’.Please ensure that in future, this most popular name should always be spelled in printed media, as Muhammed,(pbuh)–(alphabet ‘O’ be replaced by ‘U’). Thank you, in anticipations.

  4. M.Qamar Ahmad,

    August 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Endorsing the suggestion, let me say that this universally endorsed/adopted most popular name is spelled as ‘Muhammad’,(pbuh), not only’o’ but last ‘e’, before ‘d’, should be replaced by ‘u’ And ‘a’.
    One may express thanks for reminding the recitation of the holy , ‘Darood Shareef’, as many times, as possible, as enjoined upon all Ahmadis by this verse of the Peomised Masih, Masih-e-Maud, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian,:- Bhej Darood us Mohsan par tu din mein sau sau bar, Pak Muhammad Mustafa sab nabyoon key Sardar,(SalallahoAlaiheywasallam). Wassalam.