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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. Terrylee

    Really.......that's like calling every boy child God. Silly name.

    July 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  2. Baltimore Yankee

    That article made me sad. The English are our brothers.

    July 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • Holmes

      Too bad the Brits flushed it all down the toilet with this immigration

      July 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  3. HarveyMushman

    As soon as muslims reach numbers, they will start forcing the "culture" read religion on you as they are already doing in Walthamstow...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmuSx1N7jcI&w=640&h=390]

    July 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  4. Truth Teller

    A whole lot of Mohammeds, wow, that's a whole lot of future terrorists

    July 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • carlb

      when yelling mohanmid in a pub how many will answer? lol

      July 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  5. Craig Eliot

    "Diversity" will do to England what Hitler couldn't.

    July 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      A little parnoid? Did you read this part of the article: By 2030, the United Kingdom will be just over 8% Muslim.

      July 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
      • Reality

        Jazz, you do not have skyrocketing birth rates (that's how that name got to the top of the pack, after all) for endless decades to come and have it be 'only 8%' by 2030 (as if THAT's not waaaay too high, too...one out of every ten people in England a MUSLIM?). Foreign muslims have a vastly higher birth rate than the English people...and that study is assuming they assimilate and won't be Muslim. It's not even counting how many people in the UK will be native white, as opposed to foreign non-white (which by indigenous standards is a redundancy).

        July 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  6. Free Willy

    I think the royal couple missed the opportunity to give the UK King Mo.

    July 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  7. McBob79

    Oh well.... but they will be peace loving humans. No need to worry.

    July 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
  8. No More Buckwheat

    Name of person most likely to get shot by US Military? Mohammed

    July 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      or blowing themselves up.

      July 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
  9. WelshAmericanNobody

    Read Mark Steyn's "America Alone" - sober ya right up. Muslims are out procreating the rest of the world 10:1. Great job killing those babies; or killing the newly created fetuses with abortifacients; vasectomizing and the like. You will reap what our sow. Gird your loins people.

    July 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      It appears you're saying that Christians should have more babies so they can keep up with Muslims. Bad idea for the earth. Instead we need to make everyone more secular so they use birth control and when that fails have abortions.

      July 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
      • WelshAmericanNobody

        Yeah that was exactly what I should have thought. Silly me. Foolish me. Brainless I tell ya Brainless. Killing is good. Procreating is bad. Got it.

        July 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
        • Saraswati

          Managable economies where we have enough working age adults good. An appropriatenumber of humans for the resources available good. So many people we have war over resources, starvation and economic collapse, bad.

          July 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
        • jazzguitarman

          Having children one isn't able to support financially is being irresponsible. Also, a nation’s infrastructure needs to keep up with its population growth. Sorry if these realities bug you.

          Only fools would be against the use of and promotion of birth control.

          July 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
  10. Name*dom

    W

    July 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  11. Clearhead

    What a disgustingly onerous insult to the people of England !!!

    July 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      What name should Muslims give their kid? Harry? (but in one way that name would fit).

      July 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Buckowheat

      Man,you guys are in trouble.

      July 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        Did you read this part: By 2030, the United Kingdom will be just over 8% Muslim.

        So while it would be wise for the UK to limit Muslim immigration, it appear the article was written to cause panic that the UK would soon be over 50% Muslim.

        July 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  12. big deal

    So what? If there was an English name that nearly all people named their sons, that would knock Mohamed out of the top. This is mainly a result of the fact that non-muslims in UK don't all use the same name.

    July 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      You make a very valid point and the headline is misleading (i.e. implies Muslims have more kids than non-Muslims).

      But when a group of Muslims get together what do they call each other? I'm not joking. If most of them all have the same first name in their community doesn't that add to a lot of confusion?

      July 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      How many people in the UK? 64 million Muslims in UK 3 million? and Mohammed cant possibly be the only name Muslims use...

      Mohammed is the #1 name......something is very wrong....ether the study is wrong in some way, the muslims lack for imagination on a grand scale...or.....

      July 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        It does appear that Muslims in the UK are not very creative when it comes to naming their children. When these kids are all in school and someone calls their name, 10 people will answer at once!

        July 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
  13. Cindy

    How sad that people name their sons after a pedophile rapist.

    July 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Cindy, this article was about Muslims, not Catholics!

      July 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
      • ron howard

        Some Catholic priests were pederasts. They should get what they deserve. Mohamet is a pederast. Allah wills it.

        July 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
  14. steverino

    If they are willing to live by the customs and culture of the UK, fine. But I seriously doubt it. Islamics seem to be very arrogant about their disgusting religion and culture of female sevitude and "death to the unbelievers." Jews may come in a close second, but they have a reason: they've been persecuted for centuries.. At least they aren't trying to blow up the whole world one by one.
    Britain needs to purge themselves of the vermon, or suffer their undoing. I think even the most liberal are realizing this.

    July 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      All cultures \ nations need to remove fundamentalist associated with all religions.

      July 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
      • Clearhead

        Wrong, Gutter man ! Think about it - that would remove your own "Hate Religion" religion.

        July 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
        • jazzguitarman

          Sorry, but I'm agnostic and I don't belong to any religion. I support one's rights to practice their relgion as long as they don't cause harm to others. So you're all wet yet again.

          July 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
        • steverino

          I don't believe in religion of any kind. And, btw, that doesn't make me an atheist.

          July 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  15. James F Smeader

    Muhammad? A very sad statement about the situation in Britain.

    July 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  16. Walljasper

    Isn't diiiversiiiiity wonderful? Gosh.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Winston

      Definition of diversity – Anybody that isnt a white Christian male. That's why progressives love diversity!

      July 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        I’m for diversity in the individual. This promote a more secular and multiple racial individual and therefore society.

        July 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
        • Winston

          That kind of thinking is what produced a Barack Hussein Obama. A radical Muslim man, and a white progressive radical woman (Stanley Ann) that prefers radical Muslim men. So much, that when Barry's supposed first radical father left his mother, she had to find another radical Muslim man to marry. Liberalism is a mental disorder!

          July 25, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  17. lilydarcey

    The royals are so caught up in their own little safe utopia, they are oblivious to what Islam is doing to their country. They seem to choose to be PC and ignore the situation. The younger royals better start caring about the ruination of their country due to Islam, for if they don't, there will not be a monarchy in the future and their palaces will be turned into mosques!

    July 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  18. Gunny G

    Mohammed is the number one name in the UK because Muslims breed like rats and roaches.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Those breeding behaviors aren't similar at all, so which is it?

      July 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • Winston

        Muslim men have multiple wives, but do they run out on them like the black males do? I forgot, black makes dont marry them, just impregnate them for welfare $

        July 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
        • jazzguitarman

          Which is why we need to promote abortion in the deadbeat communities!

          July 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  19. Carlos Danger

    England is doomed.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  20. Winston

    The new heir to the throne will be faced with the challenge of trying to rescue England from the Muslims by the time he takes over........

    July 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • lilydarcey

      There will more than likely not be a monarchy when the new child is an adult, but a caliphate, if the UK does not take a strong stance against immigration from Muslim countries. The UK is almost at a point of no return. As for the royals, they will be dethroned by Islam and forced to convert to Islam or like the rest of us die, when we refuse.

      July 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
      • lilydarcey

        Darn, I just caught some redundancies and grammatical errors. To bad this site does not allow for editing once one posts.

        July 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
        • Winston

          Its ok Darcy. Only liberals and progressives make a big deal about spelling, because they cant counter your point effectively.

          July 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • HarveyMushman

      Wrong, By the time the new heir comes to power, it will be too late...

      July 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
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