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Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names
August 14th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names

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."

Mohammed first became the most popular boy's name in England in 2009, then was knocked back into second place the next year as Oliver enjoyed a huge surge in popularity.

Harry, the name of Prince William's younger brother and J.K. Rowling's boy wizard, leaped into second place in 2011, with 7,523 boys given the moniker, topping the 7,007 Olivers.

But the name of the Muslim prophet was given to 7,907 baby boys, according to CNN analysis of Office of National Statistics data. Mohammed, Muhammad and Mohammad were all among the top 100 most popular names, with Muhammed and Mohamed also coming in the top 200.

A total of 37,564 babies have been given a variation of the name in the past five years. Some 36,653 Olivers and 36,581 Jacks were born in England and Wales since 2007. The British government keeps separate statistics for Scotland and for Northern Ireland, the other two nations that make up the United Kingdom.

The 2011 British census had an optional question about religion. Results are expected in November.

At least four different spellings of the name Mohammed are among the 1,000 most popular American boys' names in 2011, according to the Social Security Administration.

Mohamed is the top, in 428th place, with Muhammad in 480th, Mohammed in 562nd and Mohammad in 609th.

The United States is about 0.8% Muslim, with about 2.6 million adherents, the Pew Forum calculates.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • United Kingdom

soundoff (1,026 Responses)
  1. musllimsfarkcamels

    Not sure why you would want to name your kid after a racist camel farking child molester like him.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:45 am |
  2. kate

    Have any girls been born in Britain recently? If so what are the most popular names for them?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

      Hey bit ch usually works on British teenage girls who've been doped up by our Muslim r ape gangs. Just wait till we come to the States. Lotsa fun on the way for yung American girlies.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  3. gliese 42

    The Balkanisation of Europe and Serbia is having the last laugh

    August 15, 2012 at 3:19 am |
  4. Ariella

    soon enough they will outnumber us. God help Britain and all of us who can't see what's going on.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • gliese 42

      Always remember the other immigrants are different as they put the nation first and religion second. The Arabs however mix religion, culture and politics together will result in WW3 someday

      August 15, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • doctore0

      1 There is no god
      2 Christians have the same fake god as Muslims
      3 Respecting religion is disrespecting humanity

      August 15, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • yadin fleschhut

      If the trend continues, Britain will pave the way for the Islamization of Europe. Wake up you Brits! You re bringing Europe back to the middle ages.

      August 15, 2012 at 5:38 am |
  5. Eileen

    As far as I know all Muslim boys are given the name of Mogamat with their other names for Good Luck
    Most do not use Mogamat but are called by one of their other names

    August 15, 2012 at 2:50 am |
  6. wraptheminpigskin

    not all muslims are terrorists, however all terrorists are muslim

    August 15, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • martin

      What's it like being an idiot?

      August 15, 2012 at 3:56 am |
    • Antoniah

      Wrong and you don't need to look too far to know this.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:02 am |
    • Simran

      Yeah, really,how does it feel like to be an idiot?

      August 15, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Chris

      I guess you wouldn't consider all the public shooting massacres to be a terrorist attack then? Of course not, they're all white and carrying guns, not bombs. ldiot.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • sam stone

      Really, punk? I didn't realize the McVeigh was Muslim name

      August 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  7. Matt

    It's hardly an "English" baby name, is it?

    August 15, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • Katherine

      Bloody hell!

      August 15, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  8. Two nations divided by one problem

    You say wog and I say sand-nigger

    Did you see the painting of Mohammed fcking the Easter Bunny in front of three witnesses? It's in the Vatican collection.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I heard TOOL Tom stole that one.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Muhammad

      محمد بن عبد الله بن عبد المطلب did indeed find pleasure in the anuses of barnyard animals.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • Historian

      Pope Gregory the First knew this, but took him into his bed anyway.

      August 15, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Student

      Didn't Muhammad, peace be upon him, discover the double penetration dildo about this time?

      August 15, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • Historian

      You mean did he invent it? No, but it is clear that he knew about it. More than that. You might even call it formative.

      August 15, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Historian

      Many things about Muhammad are only now coming to light. The fact that his buttocks were entirely hairless and had an oily sheen was something known only to those closest to him. There are no images of the Prophet. Only the most obscure texts mention it – obliquely at best.

      August 15, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • Student

      I've often wondered about the role of women in his life. Did the Prophet, you know, like girls?

      August 15, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Historian

      The women Muhammad knew as he was growing up were immensely powerful and authoritative. They molded the Prophet in ways no one else could. They rode him hard and did not spare the rod. It's not really appreciated today, but his entire life was probably an effort to impress on others what he learned from them.

      August 15, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Student

      I'd like to hear more about "the rod".

      August 15, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • Historian

      I'm sure you would, but I can sense you are getting a bit too excited. You'll never get to sleep tonight! There is a lot more to say about Muhammad. Let's do this again.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:01 am |
  9. xyz198155

    A great problem with atleast the poorer muslims in the world is that they are reproducing too much. Thats bad for the planet earth. I wish the world's population were only 3-4 billion today instead of 7 billion.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • JIMM

      Yes, but would you be willing to leave to help us reach that number? Thought not.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:22 am |
  10. muslim

    islam and arabs will rule the world !

    August 15, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • dean

      Depends on how big a bomb the west eventually drops on the Middle East.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Keep that dream alive!

      August 15, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  11. sore.talon

    idhaa jaa nasrullahi wal fath....waraayta nnaasa yathkhuluuna fi dinillahi afwaaja..... :)))))))))))

    August 15, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  12. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no male Muslim to include those named Mohammed can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    From the koran:

    o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
    o
    "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

    "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

    "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

    "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

    "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

    "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

    "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

    "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

    "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

    "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

    "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

    "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

    "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

    August 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Waj

      And what does your long article have to do with statistics, look around and see who's armies are making war ! and who is occupying who's country.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • yadin fleschhut

      You are so right. Besides, it's a great dishonor to the people who built England from its barbarous beginning, the ancient monarchs who ruled the country and battled against the intruders as the first Elizabeth (Spanish Armada) and a host others in the middle ages who brought riches to the country. These people must be turning in their graves. I'm afraid the sun has finally
      set on the Britisg empire.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  13. TheVocalAtheist

    Be responsible. Use contraception. There are way too many people on this planet. Adopt. Don't have a baby just because you can.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • It's Jihad by Procreation

      You fvcking ninny. You're too fvcking stupid to see what they're doing.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  14. Andrew

    There are very few people left in Britain who are intolerant and unaccepting of foreign cultures. It doesn't really affect me that there're a lot of Mohammeds and Muhammeds in my country, so why should it bother me? I feel sorry for American Muslims that they are clearly less accepted.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  15. Joe

    This article is a great example of yellow journalism and the manipulation of innumeracy. The author intentionally or unintentionally creates a fundamental misrepresentation of reality by first leading people to conflate the numerical popularity of the name in relation to other names with the overall popularity of the name in relation to all babies born. Second, the reader is then led into a discussion of Muslim population growth in the US and Britain. Wait, what? This is fear mongering and baiting.

    If 5% of the population names 80% of their male babies a name, but 95% of the population spreads their male baby names out amongst 500 names... you get... nothing... you get a really popular name for a relatively small percentage of the population. What you don't get is evidence of a Muslim take over of England and Wales. You also don't get any evidence that just because a kid is named some variant of Mohammed that either the parents or the kid are now or will be in the future Muslim. And what does it matter if they are? You wouldn't have any idea from this trite piece of crap article.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • They try so hard to subvert, confute, dismiss and rationalize.

      But if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck = then there's too many Mu-Mo-Ma-hammuds-hammods out there. Lots. Too many to ignore.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  16. michel bertrand

    They should all be sent to Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen... you name it! where they get more training to attack the infidels (sic). It is said that we contain the seed of our own destruction... So beware!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  17. They used to say "Keep Britain White"...

    ...and they let the wogs in. Now who's going to clean this up?

    August 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

      Wait. What's a wog?

      August 15, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

      Wogs are muzzies? Fvck. Then we need some help too.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  18. quest

    Islam grows only by procreation.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Marjorie

      LOL pretty funny, that.

      August 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • william

      and conversion by marriage... uncool!

      August 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  19. trwcoleman

    If adding up variations on Mohammed is fair, then how about adding up the variations on Harry as well? If you add the number of Harrys to the Henrys and Harrisons, you'll find that the count is over 11,000.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  20. Jack

    Good evening folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Bugger Off

      We're sick of you.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • sam stone

      jack: you are cordially invited to wander in front of a speeding bus

      August 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
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