October 28th, 2010
04:34 PM ET

Mohammed tops list of English baby names

Hit the road, Jack.

Last year's most popular name for baby boys in England has been knocked off - by Mohammed.

That's not immediately obvious from data put out this week by the Office of National Statistics, which declared Wednesday that Oliver was the single most popular name for boys born in 2009.

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Filed under: Europe • Islam • Trends • United Kingdom

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  1. Oliver

    Reality, Reality, Reality

    The point is that they not now or ever are they going to give up their belief systems. What do you have to offer them? The answer is England, which they are already getting. Can a Muslim woman leave Islam? If she does, she practically has to leave the country. Would a man leave Islam? Why would he, when he has an obedient wife to come home to? And what was that thing about death being the penalty for apostasy? The noise I hear is just one, long, pointless fart, that will briefly smell up this blog before it is replaced by a more oriental aroma.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  2. Iqbal khan

    Read the history folks, Islam has the power the power of the Truth will prevail and when anyone with open mind and open heart read the Quran and about Islam most of them will accept Islam as their religeon the current famous example is that of British journalist who was captured by Taliban and released after ten days just on the promise of reading the Quran, guess what she become muslim
    her name isYvonna Ridley check her out on google...and there are many more like her so...

    October 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  3. Oliver

    Yo Truth and Reality! England is abandoning its faith and traditions because it listened to the secularists such as yourselves. So you won. Congratulations. But guess what – the Muslims aren't listening to you and never, never will. They aren't going to burn their Korans because its the secret of their success. Its very simple. It builds large families. As truthful realists how can you not see this? Do you think the numbers lie? Soon, Sharia law will replace Common law. You have rejected the very cornerstone upon which England was built, making no effort to make the cornerstone better. You just rejected it. But the Muslims have a nice new cornerstone, and soon you will be shut out the building your ancestors made. Go visit Hagia Sophia and learn some Holy Wisdom.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:01 am |
    • Reality

      Oliver, Oliver, Oliver,

      Obviously as with all Muslims you suffer from the Three B Syndrome i.e. Born, Bred and Brainwashed in the myths of "gabrielized" Islam. But as noted previously, scroll up to the Five Steps To Deprogram Islaml. The cure takes less than five minutes.

      An added note:

      The number of global Muslims indeed is 1.5 billion basically because of the very high birth rate in Islam.

      According to official surveys, "the disapproval of family planning is highest among Muslims", while "the practice of family planning methods in 1980 was lowest amongst Muslims (only 23% of those surveyed practised it as opposed to 36% Hindus)".[1] They further admit that between 1971 and 1981, "the Hindu population was up by 24.15%, whereas the Muslim population shot up by 30.59%".

      Once the bowers to Mecca, however, see that they have been conned by the "angelic" hallucinations of a long-dead, warmongering, womanizing (11 wives) Arab, these 1.5 billion lost souls will quickly become secularists, agnostics or atheists and a semblance a global peace will spread across the globe.

      October 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Religion is what is wrong with humanity. For the most part, it's absolute ignorance. Think for yourself, stop following people who had nothing better to do with their lives, so they turned to religion. The Pope is talking about science. Really? That's like Lindsey Lohan talking about rehab...you can't take it seriously.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  5. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    Come on, England. Get your head in the game.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  6. SwaRaja

    The truth is: you believe what you read about people who existed hundreds of years ago.........no one knows the reality,but only pass comments and make a commentary based upon their perceptions. The only way to resolve religious arguments is to behave religiously – that is to demonstrate the hightest values by living them......actions do indeed speak louder then words....

    October 29, 2010 at 2:25 am |
  7. muslim (means submitter to GOD)

    Surah 112: Al-Ikhlas (The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of God)

    In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    1. Say: He is God, the One and Only;

    2. God, the Eternal, Absolute;

    3. He does not beget, nor is He begotten;

    4. And there is none comparable to Him.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:35 am |
    • Reality

      muslim (means submitter to Allah),

      This is your day to take the cure. Scroll up to the Five Steps to Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Brainwashing. Enjoy your new life!!!

      October 29, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  8. Oliver

    I am glad that the Muslims are winning. If the English people have abandoned the traditions that made them great then they deserve to becomes slaves, as surely they will if history repeats itself. Men such as Richard Dawkins spew virulent hate for every decent spiritual sentiment, but his progeny will make up the next generation of Janissaries or, more deservedly, eunuchs in the court of their new masters.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
    • Reality


      Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

      October 29, 2010 at 12:01 am |
  9. Sum Dude

    It is like naming children "Jesus".
    When the child shows all the normal weaknesses and such of being human, the name is become as worthless as any other name, like "Mohammed".

    It is very much like drawing a cartoon and labeling it "Mohammed", Muneef. To invite disrespect by naming children after your prophet is like inviting disrespect by drawing his unknown face no matter how "respectful" the intention....

    But I doubt you are able to understand this.
    To keep things "holy", they must be kept apart.
    To have the Q'uran "guide" you as you rule a country while doing dishonest things defiles any attempt at "following" the Q'uran.
    And if it is defiled from dishonesty and other criminal behavior, then the whole idea is shown to be unworkable.

    Keep what is "holy" to you separate from government, separate from naming children, separate from the evils that fill the hearts of every person....or you see evil being done in the name of "good" and what is supposed to be "holy".

    October 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Iqbal khan


    October 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • The Truth

      Really? Do you really believe this crap?

      October 29, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  11. Iqbal khan


    October 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      Welldone it is well said.suggest you post it to any page speaks of Israel.

      October 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
    • Reality


      What the commentator failed to mention:

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.
      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:
      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  12. Iqbal khan


    October 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Iqbal Khan.
      Always a good choice you make.. I liked the personality of this man and the way he talks. What ever he said will make of me more patient with such as those unaware.

      October 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
    • Reality


      Scroll up to see the Five Steps to Deprogram Islam. Enjoy your new freedom!!

      October 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  13. Ana


    October 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  14. Omar

    "reality": Your comment only goes to show how deeply ingrained anti-Muslim bias is in European culture. Ever hear of Orientalism?

    October 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
    • Ana

      Oh please, lying again in order to shove Islam in the West? Bias, tell that to the family of all the terrorist acts victims. You don't even care about any human you love death. Anti-muslim will exist when you stop killing people.

      October 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • Reality

      Bias? No, the horror and terror that is Islam:

      Some examples:(reiterated for those who need to know)

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,
      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  15. Omar

    DerpDiggler: Muslims consider Mohammed to be a prophet, not a deity. Bigot.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
    • Reality


      Scroll up to find the Five Steps to Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Brainwashing.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  16. Omar

    Wow, people mocking Muslims because of their funny names. Shocker. Never would have expected it.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
    • ScottK

      And I thought they were naming their children after a type of loosely-woven cotton fabric, introduced to Europe from the Middle East in the 17th century. It became very popular at the end of the 18th century in France. Muslin is most typically an unbleached or white cloth, produced from corded cotton yarn. Wide muslin is called "sheeting". It is often used to make dresses or curtains but may also be used to complement foam for bench padding. Muslin breathes well, and is a good choice of material for clothing meant for hot, dry climates, as in "Its hot as sheet, I could use a Muslin to cover up".

      October 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  17. Reality

    Mahound would be the better variation of Mohammed.

    To wit:

    "The name appears in various medieval mystery plays, in which Mahound is sometimes portrayed as a generic "pagan" god worshipped by villains such as Herod and the Pharaoh of the Exodus. One play depicts both Herod the Great and his son Herod Antipas as worshipping Mahound,[9] while in another play Pharaoh encourages the Egyptians to pursue the Israelites into the Red Sea with the words: Heave up you hearts ay to Mahound.[10]

    In Scottish popular culture the variant form "Mahoun" was also used as the name of the devil, who was called Old Mahoun.[11] Robert Burns wrote

    "The Deil cam fiddlin thro' the town,
    And danc'd awa wi' th'Exciseman;
    And ilka wife cries auld Mahoun,
    I wish you luck o' the prize, man."[12]

    G. K. Chesterton also refers to this idea in his poem Lepanto.[13] More recently, Salman Rushdie, in his novel The Satanic Verses, chose the name Mahound to refer to Muhammad as he appears in one character's dreams. "

    October 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
    • Peace2All



      October 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  18. TDub

    why not name your baby after a great heavyweight fighter!

    October 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  19. nolabear

    And how many Jesus' are there? Christians can draw him but at least the Anglo ones are pretty hesitant to name their kids after him. Full of laughter at every turn, indeed.

    October 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  20. DerpDiggler

    Wait, nobody is allowed to draw the amazing image of Mohammed, but everyone can name babies after him?

    Wow! Muslims, full of laughter at every turn!

    October 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      Who has mentioned that Muslims minding babies to be named Muhammed or Mohammed? We are most obliged and honored for that....besides we call our children Mohammed as well?

      October 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Sorry miss read your post about the name but still insist how can you draw an image on some thing you never saw? And just can't draw any image and call it Mohammed and which Mohammed since history is full of them and you might have got confused for? Some were drawing Mohammed Al Fatih who was the ruler of the Ottoman empire who invaded the Europian part of Turkey and nearly reached the boarders of Vienna? Could it be the one you hated? If could be so then why attack our Mohammed who done nothing to this world but every good freeing mankind from slavery from paganism freed women from being buried alive because of fear of shame and list go on un end for humanity? Did you think the world would have reached the knowledge that is there today with out the Islam that was delivered by Muhammed Rassol Allah Messanger of God Allah the one and only.

      October 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
    • Muneef

      God said in the Quran that our prophet name is Ahmed in Heavens and Muhammed on Earth...

      October 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
    • Reality

      And yet again we come to the aid of Muneef and his fellow Muslims with our Five Steps to Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Brainwashing:

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these five steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      October 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
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