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“Muhammad” Second Most Popular Name In UK

From those defenders of the faith at the UK’s Times:

Muhammad is No 2 in boy’s names

Helen Nugent and Nadia Menuhin

June 6, 2007

Muhammad is now second only to Jack as the most popular name for baby boys in Britain and is likely to rise to No 1 by next year, a study by The Times has found. The name, if all 14 different spellings are included, was shared by 5,991 newborn boys last year, beating Thomas into third place, followed by Joshua and Oliver.

Scholars said that the name’s rise up the league table was driven partly by the growing number of young Muslims having families, coupled with the desire to name their child in honour of the Prophet.

Muhammad Anwar, Professor of Ethnic Relations at Warwick University, said: “Muslim parents like to have something that shows a link with their religion or with the Prophet.”

Although the official names register places the spelling Mohammed at No 23, an analysis of the top 3,000 names provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) puts Muhammad at No 2 once the 14 spellings are taken into account. If its popularity continues – it rose by 12 per cent last year – the name will take the top spot by the end of this year. It first entered the Top 30 in 2000

Muhammed (Muhammad, Mohammed, Mahumed, Mahomet, Mahomed, Mahommed…) sure is skyrocketing up the charts.

Only last December we posted the joyous tidings that the name had surpassed “George” in Britain to rank as the 22nd most popular male name.

And speaking of the popularity of names, a few days ago i accidentally stumbled upon a site which purports to list the most popular surnames and (ahem) Christian names in the US.

Here is their current list for the most popular last names in the US:

Popular US Surnames (Last Names) Statistics for the United States -- United States Flag

1. SMITH
2. JOHNSON
3. WILLIAMS
4. JONES
5. BROWN
6. DAVIS
7. MILLER
8. WILSON
9. MOORE
10. TAYLOR
11. ANDERSON
12. THOMAS
13. JACKSON
14. WHITE
15. HARRIS
16. MARTIN
17. THOMPSON
18. GARCIA
19. MARTINEZ
20. ROBINSON
21. CLARK
22. RODRIGUEZ
23. LEWIS
24. LEE
25. WALKER
26. HALL
27. ALLEN
28. YOUNG
29. HERNANDEZ
30. KING
31. WRIGHT
32. LOPEZ
33. HILL
34. SCOTT
35. GREEN
36. ADAMS
37. BAKER
38. GONZALEZ
39. NELSON
40. CARTER

Notice anything peculiar about them?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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