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.
What is genetic drift?
Fear is a powerful tool and as such makes it one of the most effective forms of mind control
What does it mean to prime someone?
Nothing is as destructive as blind rage
If people only comment to articles then you probably dont really care
Can you be controlled without knowing do you have empirical data to prove it?
All 1.5 billions are convert muslim 500 millions hindu convert to islam . saudi culture of islam treats them as third class citizen will never allow any one to live in their nation. No saudi girl will ever marry these fools who are antinational and anti cultural of own nations.. Shame no convert has a simple understanding saudi uses them as foot soldier to destroy their own nations. 57 nations destroyed by none but locals and more to follow.
Note to self: No trips to UK.
Avoid London and Birmingham and you'll have a good time. I recommend a visit to Somerset and the Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye = Good scotch
number1 Mohammed number2 Jihad Martyr....
NO IT ISN'T!
Contrary to the beliefs of some folk Islam is vocal, but by no means populous in England.
Mohammed (or any other spelling of the name in the top 100 names in England and Wales) comes 19th in the boy's list, hardly number 1 of both lists together. Though this incorporates Wales as well as England, still if it were that popular in England I'd expect to find much higher than 19th. I should mention that this is down two places from 2010.
Check for yourself if you wish:
The most popular baby names 2011
Here's the most recent set of official statistics on the 100 most popular baby names in England and Wales as released by the Office for National Statistics.
You may not give two figs whether the baby name you're thinking of is on every other parents' list. But when choosing a baby name you may want to avoid the sort of situation when, a few years hence, you bellow your child's name in the playground and one in three children come running.
Your list doesn't account for the different spellings of the name Mohammed which are all considered together here.
Why, btw, are people commenting on this year old story?
accounting for names much lower in the list makes virtually no change. Maybe, just maybe it will change position 19 to position 18 but that's the most. So, I did in fact account for it, and since other spellings and 22nd and 63rd it was obviously not worth making any adjustment. Mohammed (or any other variant) has NEVER been number 1 on the list of England and Wales.
This article is at best disinformation or propaganda of the worst sort.
why are you so mad at Muhammad being #1?
Is that a problem? is it wrong or weird?
Two calculations were done, one using the top 5 variants of Mohammed, the other using the top 12 and they still beat Harry. However, variants of Harry also should be considered.
Why are you fighting for Harry, Won't you worry about Indian names which aren't even on the list. Different spelling..
"Why are you fighting for Harry, Won't you worry about Indian names which aren't even on the list. Different spelling.."
I'm afraid I don't understand what "fighting for Harry" means or why you think I would be worried about Indian names?
Slight tremors felt around the French city of Rouen were traced to the body of Richard the Lionhearted, spinning wildly in its grave.
Any predictions on when England finally falls to Islamic rule? Based on the current trajectory and the fact muslims don't need to be a majority to gain power, I predict no later than 2030.
My prediction – never.
Current population of England and Wales: 62,369
Current Muslim population of England and Wales: 2,869
000 is missing twice.
My favorite muslim name would be 'Bacon Sammich'
And so it goes. Mohammed in the UK, Rufus or Dufus or RJ, DJ, or MJ in the US in the near future.
When your home is filled with termites it's time to call an exterminator before your home collapses.
The problem is getting the homeowner to admit he has termites in the first place.
Thomas Jefferson said that the only way to deal with people who want to kill you, is to kill them first.
He said if islamics want to go to paradise so badly, the US of America should send them.
The man was brilliant.
We've seen quite a number of known radical Muslims in the White House. ISNA. ICNA, Muslim Brotherhood, just to name a few. Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State liked to lick Huma Abedin (Anthony Weiner's wife) so much she made her Chief of Staff and traveled with her everywhere. Huma's parents convinced her to "go along" so they could have an operative in the top of the State Dept.. As a good Muslim she obeyed. Huma Abedin's parents have both sat on the boards of known terrorist organizations. Who knows how many secrets she passed on to her parents before Hillary finally stepped down? She also spent 13 years working directly for the Muslim World League, a major funder of Osama Bin Laden. America has yet again been injured by a Clinton's perverted lusts. But I digress. Of course corrupt politicians are a huge problem for America but Islam is the problem we can not afford to have them ignore. Obama is a devout Muslim with a particular hatred for America. Islam has made tremendous inroads into our federal government under his leadership with the help, of course, of Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, etc.. It is no accident our military is being targeted by anti-Christians. It is no accident our schools, and yes even our churches, are being targeted by pro-Islamists. Islam is the enemy, make no mistake about it. There are no "good Muslims" only dangerous ones.
You are a lunatic...
4.6% they must be all called Mohummad.. doesn't that just water it down a little?
I like the name Princ Murray myself
This is what happens when you let the trash in your house. They take over. Same goes with the United States. The most popular name there will be Jesus, Manual and Jose.
The Mexicans will eventually integrate and become good Americans.
Mohammedans on the other hand will create a separate society and will destroy the host country.
I don't believe it for a second. So many are now coming for our "freebies", this was not the way it originally began. Illegals were very hard working, proud people, but I have seen a dramatic change over the past 5-6 years.
Don't blame them, blame the administration which hands out the freebies.
Followed by Abdullah, Abdul and just plain Dull.
CNN – the spokesperson for the muslimization of the world. left wing obamamites. twisting words, statistics and ideals.
christianity and the crusaders will ride again.
England my England what have you done!!
Goodbye England. Let this be a lesson to America and the new immigration bill.
The way muslims are acting today around the world, pretty soon the most popular name will be
This what the British get for failing at the Crusades.
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