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. bobjones

    I wonder if "The Pedophile" is the most common middle name...

    July 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  2. Aj

    No, it is NOT the most popular name!! They don't count! They are NOT "regular" citizens of England.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  3. Winston

    I'm outraged at a clueless president with a corrupt administration destroying the country with idiotic foreign and domestic policy, not to mention a total lack of accountability for anything or a complete inability to be truthful on any subject.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  4. Solidad

    White people are racist!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Aj

      STFU! Feel free to leave anytime you can, and go back to whatever dump you came from!

      July 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Tony Clifton

      Yeah, I know. That's why we let people like you into our countries.

      July 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • Cindy

      hum? Interesting. We are so racist we provide people like you with housing, food, eduction, medical, and whatever damn perversion you have an you still want to kill all of us............maybe we are racist but you are demonic.

      July 25, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  5. stoptouchingthatmabel

    How many progressives does it take to screw a country?

    July 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  6. bobjones

    They do love their pedophile prohet, don't they?

    July 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Manuel

    Soon, Barry and Moochelle will be on another multi million $ taxpayer funded vacation. While he is playing golf, or trying to play golf I should say, maybe he will figure out how to use more taxpayer $ to bailout his homies in Detroit.......

    July 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  8. bobjones

    Allahu Akbar, UK! It's amazing the damage 4.6% of the population can do.

    July 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Manuel

      That percentage is enough for libeals and progressives to agree to Sharia Law for all! That way, they wont offend the peaceloving Muslims......

      July 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  9. Manuel

    Obama knows what its like to feel like an illegal immigrant. After all, he is one himself!

    July 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  10. Wayne

    Obama should have named his children Muslim names as well. Remember during the first election, people said you cant use his middle name, Hussein? That is was unfair? Why do you think that he is sooooo sentive about Muslim causes? Obowma is still trying to help his friends in the Muslim Brotherhood.......

    July 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Why dont you go back to posting on WND where people will actually believe your B S?

      July 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • Manuel

        Honey, Obama doesnt seem overly preoccupied with Muslim causes to you? Really?

        July 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  11. Wayne

    They should have named their child Mohammed to show how diverse they are! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    July 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  12. alohajonny

    That is because the UK is overrun with them...

    July 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  13. mohammed

    Enjoy your wonderful "multiculturalism," Britain

    PS: al selam aleikm, suckers !!!

    July 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  14. mrgjg

    Frigging tragic.

    July 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  15. Beavereater

    Stick a fork in them, they're done.

    July 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  16. donttreadonme

    English, you are being bred out of your own country, mo by mo.

    July 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • cogito ergo sum

      Sadly, so are Americans.

      July 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • hallen

      Last time I was in Hyde Park in England I thought I was in the middle east. Women in black head to toe with little eye slots wilting in the heat while the men were in designer shorts, shirts and sandals.

      But.. .that's what we are headed for

      July 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • Manuel

        Yes, welcome to Barack Huseein Obama's Amerikkka. Food stamps, welfare, disability, Obamaphones, for the 47%, especially the foreigners and illegals!

        July 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  17. Muslime

    Quite a sad state of affairs!!

    July 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  18. LONDONSTAN2013

    Congrats cousins you've achieved the complete destruction of one of the greatest empires in history. It is complete now. You are on the way of becoming a province in the new caliphate.

    July 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  19. Swedehart

    Lots of kids with the nickname "Mo" coming up in the future.

    July 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  20. Viejo Perro

    Ay, ay, ay. So Brits have no teeth - and no brains. How did they let this happen?

    July 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
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