Skip to comments.Mohammed to overtake Jack as favourite name (UK)
Posted on 12/24/2007 6:24:21 AM PST by fweingart
Mohammed is on track to become the most popular boys' name in England and Wales by next year.
The name was second only to Jack in 2007, which has been top for the last 13 years.
But there were just 385 more children called Jack and because of the high birth rate among Muslim families, the name is set to become the most popular boy's name by next year.
While Mohammed is in 17th place, its position would be number two if all 14 variant spellings of the name were taken into account.
While 6,772 boys were called Jack, 6,387 were called Mohammed or a variant.
An analysis by the Daily Telegraph of the names, compiled each year by the Office for National Statistics, shows there were 3,009 babies called Mohammed, the most popular spelling; 1,595 Muhammads, 903 Mohammads, 429 Muhammeds, 349 Mohameds, 39 Mohamads, 12 Muhameds, 11 Mohammods, nine Mohmmeds, eight Mohamuds, seven Mahammeds, six Muhammeets, five Mohmmads and five Muhammods.
There were 5,803 babies called Thomas, which is listed by the ONS as the second most popular name.
Muhammad is regularly cited as the most common name in the world. It means "one who is praiseworthy", and is often given to boys as an honorary prefix and is followed by the name by which they are commonly known.
Muhammad Anwar, professor of ethnic relations at Warwick University, said: "Muslim parents like to have something that shows a link with their religion or with the Prophet."
Overall, Muslims account for three per cent of the British population, about 1.5 million people. The name Mohammed first entered the top 30 in 2000.
Grace is the most popular girls' name.
The most popular names in Scotland are Lewis and Sophie, and in Northern Ireland are Jack and Katie.
There are two new entries in the girls' top 50 for England and Wales. Ava leaps 23 places to number 41 and Summer rises 15 places to number 44.
Evie has climbed 46 places in the last five years, making it the 15th most popular choice for girls in 2007.
The boys' top 50 sees three new entries this year. Jayden climbs 36 places to become the highest new entry at 32, followed by Isaac and Finley, which both go up 13 places to numbers 42 and 47 respectively.
Other girls' names gaining popularity are Isabelle (up nine to 20), Imogen (up 14 to 34) and Sophia (up 12 to 37). Significant climbers in the boys' top 50 are Alfie (up six to number 10) and Oscar (up 8 to 39).
In Wales alone, the top boys' name remains Jack but Dylan is number two and Rhys remains stable at five. The Welsh girls' list is topped by Ruby. Megan is second most popular while Ffion is number six.
Celebrities continued to have a bearing on the names chosen by parents for their children.
Leona has almost tripled in popularity over the past twelve months, due to X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. In 2007, 238 babies were given the name.
Former Hear 'say member, and 2006 Celebrity jungle runner-up, Myleene Klass, named her daughter Ava earlier this year. This could explain Ava moving 23 places up the girls' rankings in the last year, making it the 41st choice for girls in 2007.
In 2007, Alfie made it into the top 10 for the first time in recent years. This may have been influenced by the hit single Lily Allen wrote about her brother, Alfie, as well as the remake of the film Alfie starring Jude Law.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth has maintained a top 50 spot from the 1940s through to 2007 when 1,268 girls shared the 36th most popular girls' name.
Bad news for Brits. Simulcast taking place in US now.
The Union Mohammed?
How sad. Multiculturalism is about to become monoculturalism. Just not English culture or language or law. Jack had better learn Arabic.
The 21st Century is going to be a real booger. Western Civ is busily contracepting, aborting and sodomizing itself out of existence.
with the advent of the muzzie invasion...The 21st Century...will become the 14th century under sharia law!!!
Now, if Jack were on the roof, would you help Jack off?
In the year 2000, the most popular name among the Chinese citizens of NYC was Kevin. The only reason Mohammed is number one is because Muslims have settled on having one name.
Just don’t name your teddy bear Mohammed.
This is a non-story. All it means is that Islamics are monolithic in what they name their sons. Non-islamics are more diverse.
You've got that exactly right.
Islam should be listed along with the ACLU as a subversive organization.
Your statement is true; however, muslims in their homelands do things to their camels that is unthinkable.
It is becuase almost every boy Islamic child is named Mohammed....and Fiad
Just think of the fun one could generate by allowing how these babes, being part of the “Religion of Peace”, were just “Teddy Bears”.
“Mohammed is on track to become the most popular boys’ name in England and Wales by next year.”
The same feat was accomplished in Amsterdam just a few years ago.
Can I throw up now?
Although it would be funny if the nickname for it was “Ham”...........