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. izharayzor

    people mocking each other...

    and they just feeding the trolll... and make a laughing stock to the third party *if you know what i mean

    any way happy Eid al-Fitr for Muslims around the world... 🙂

    from Indonesia with peace...

    August 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  2. Bryson

    Well hell if they have 2 million kids to Muslim parents, about 1.8 million of em are gonna be named Mohammed. If christian people all started naming their kids Jesus, then the top baby name in England would be Jesus. But that would just sound crazy

    August 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  3. Ahmed


    on the day of judgment we will see who is right... for now Christians stop criticizing Islam.... i though Jesus pbuh said love your neighbors like yourselves and be kind to people... for the day will come you will be put forth in front of God and be asked for your deeds...

    please we can all get along as HUMANITY

    August 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • CanOnTo

      Don't call me "bro", bro...

      August 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  4. john smith

    Not actually true.


    August 18, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  5. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Word Mohammad or Muhammad means nothing else but spirit of truth, translated and quoted in book of hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism called Bible and hindu's ,pagan's of hindered land india as Mohammad,i plagiarized from Hebrew teachings. Mayhem, means Karma, will of truth absolute or spirit of truth absolute, Letter D donates word, "The" in hindu corrupted language Sanskrit in beginning of a sentence and on end in Latin, Arabic or Hebrew language. Every hindu, pagan follower of hindu Christian, pagan savior ism believes in it by faith but denies Mohammad pbh in his hindu soul, filthy desire.
    It is interesting to see hindu christian, pagan Mithriac by faith to disapprove of Mohammad and lay on him, their hinduism absurdity for marrying a young girl. He married her after she reached puberty, as he was commanded for a reason to give law's for female protection, non existent at time. But they forget, hindu filthy Enoch hindu's ignorant by faith prayed to as their RAM, deity of hindu pagan origin was married to his sister to keep hinduism racism intact, or their other hindu sanatans, filthy shaman man god such as Plato, Pythagoras and Aristotle along with King James author of King James bible were young boys abusers by faith and followed by hindu's pagans of hindered gutter land india along with hindu priest of hindu pagan Catholicism, as a some thing of holy nature. read your hindu filthy history hindu's pagans of hindered land swamp of filth india and hindu Christians, pagans of hindu filthy Mithra ism, savior ism before spewing your hinduism absurdity against Mohammad.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Vanish? Make me. I dare you.

      August 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  6. JoJo

    Guh, all the religious wacko comments on here. Think I'm going to join the atheists.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  7. Rahman

    Soon we muslims will rule and all the christians with their female wh0res and Jews will have to submit to islam and accept sharia. America will be next! Inshallah! La elaha ella allah!

    August 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Whatever. This world is obviously being taken over by the gays. The gays will rule and everybody will have to become gay and fly the rainbow flag in front of every home and business!

      August 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Islamaborg

      Islam has ruled the middle east ever since they persecuted, enslaved, drove out etc all jews and christians after Roman times. The whole area was christian but violent islam took over. To this day Islam does not tolerate any others. So they will take over Europe like they did Iran, Syria, etc. But finally Christ will return and all will know Islam was false and peace will return to earth under Christ leadership and all will be harmonious. Much blood until the Prince of Peace returns. He is risen. Mo ham is in torment unfortunately. He was decieved by Satan in cave.Just lke Mormom leader Joe Smith. Both multiple marriage. Both pedophiles. But decieved.

      August 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Ahmed

      Nice try but frankly everyone knows you're a fake.
      No Muslim would abuse Jews and Christians like that and secondly Muslims don't spell La elaha ella allah! with so many grammatical mistakes.

      August 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  8. yoyo

    Jesus H...Really?

    August 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  9. Merlin from Elsewhere

    Why are so many people who make comments on CNN stories seemingly nutters, bigots or both? It seems really sad..

    August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  10. Reality

    Have to really feel sorry for these Mohammed babies to be saddled with a name representing one of the very bad persons of history.

    To wit:

    3. 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 (e.g. Syria and also Iraq) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Bell

      blah blah blah

      August 18, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • izharayzor

      be carefulll...

      if you hate something too much it can make you love it some day 😀
      *if you know what i mean

      August 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  11. ibra

    @U you need some medical attention coz your suffering from zionist-type meningitis and it is fatal tell anyone near to take you to some muslim doctor sorry poor @U for your ill informed

    August 17, 2012 at 4:23 am |
  12. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Robert

    mohammed? please. sounds like islam garbage... if you are going to give your child a bad name ? start with Marmaduke. or Bubba.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      It is good for you, hindu, ignorant

      August 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  14. Adam Prince

    Not saying that Muslims aren't very original when it comes to names, but...oh wait, that's exactly what I'm saying.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Laird

    To the muslim people of the UK...Instead of being like the rest of the predictable, regimented islamic sheep, why not try and have an original thought and give your child a unique name that reflects where you live. "Nigel Habib Mohammed" is nice moniker.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Muslim do not mix hindu, filthy urine with water but hindu's drink it as holy water like Catholics, good for hindu's,

      August 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Muslim do not mix hindu, filthy urine with ind's.water but hindu's drink it as holy water like Catholics, good for hindu's, good for h

      August 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example; Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine–year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      August 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • GotMiracle

      If prayer were a waste of time, then I would still have the permanently fused bones dedicated doctors were helpless to heal. It is a sad irony that you, a person without hope, would use the name of someone who brought such hope to his people. May Jesus bring you healing in your time of need, even though you use that name to mock it.
      The reality is the faithful are supposed to seek aid from BOTH physicians & prayer. I can say that as a person who lost a grandparent to a treatable illness after he joined a faith healing sect, & also as a person who exhausted all medical efforts before receiving the divine mercy of a real miracle. X-Rays, bone scans, & a bone biopsy clearly showed the fusion, just as the X-Rays afterwards show the bones to be perfectly normal.
      Please open your mind. Just like a parachute, they work better that way. The bard expressed it well; "there are more things in heaven & earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy".

      August 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Atheism is Fabulous For All People

      Prayer is overrated. get some sleep.

      August 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • jim

      @GotMiracle Just because unlikely things happen doesn't make them miracles. Yes, the body has a remarkable ability to repair itself and in some case (unlikely) more than we thought possible. This does not in any way demonstrate or prove the existence of God or miracles. In fact I was most likely wearing my magic brown shoes during your recovery process and they were most likely the cause of not only your healing, but of many others. Just how did you rule out their power exactly?

      August 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  17. MashaSobaka

    The white/Christian supremacists are freaking out.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Every hindu, denier of truth absolute, in his hindu Judaism, filthy secularism, self center ism is freaking out.

      August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Robert

      maybe. but those "new black panthers" muslim convert black idiots thats been ranting about killing all us whitties. you dont hear obummer speaking out agaist that.. potential voters ! of cource so are the lgbtv freaks . maybe we need to get these two groups together. and have tea and cookies. and talk about great leader. hmmm? would islam accept a transgender muslim convert? it's very disturbing to see such a large veriety of evil low lives democrates can mass together for votes. no wonder why America has become so immoral

      August 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  18. ziahshah

    The word Muhammad means one who has been praised a lot and this naming is another way to affirm this meaning for the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, that so many name their children after him.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • @U

      I don't know any other way to tell you this, but there is no peace for Muhammad a false prophet , He has to go to hell.. sorry !

      August 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      For your information Arabic, written as Arabi is not a noun but an adjective, it means 20/20 according to the will of deity, Holy Quran is in language of truth and it is none other than Latin, language of Adam and eve and corrupted by hindu's, pagans as Sanskrit to hind, fool humanity. Please pay attention to letter Ann, 20/20 according. Letter An is a letter and a word at same time.

      August 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      No, there is no peace for Muhammad, nor for those who put their faith in him! Without Christ Jesus NO ONE comes to God, because they have no covering for their sins. Muhammad is in Hell, weeping and mourning not only for himself, but for every other soul he caused to go astray! Unimaginable!!!!

      August 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
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  20. Samuel P Failes

    This simply isn't true, complete lie.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:44 am |
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