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Mohammed to overtake Jack as favourite name (UK)
Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2007 | Sarah Womack

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.


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While 6,772 boys were called Jack, 6,387 were called Mohammed or a variant.

Bad news for Brits. Simulcast taking place in US now.

1 posted on 12/24/2007 6:24:22 AM PST by fweingart
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To: fweingart

The Union Mohammed?

2 posted on 12/24/2007 6:26:56 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: fweingart; knighthawk
Radical Islam is an insane murder cult; moderate Islam is its Trojan Horse in the West.
3 posted on 12/24/2007 6:27:46 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: fweingart

How sad. Multiculturalism is about to become monoculturalism. Just not English culture or language or law. Jack had better learn Arabic.


4 posted on 12/24/2007 6:35:54 AM PST by Sender (You are the weapon. What you hold in your hand is just a tool.)
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To: fweingart

The 21st Century is going to be a real booger. Western Civ is busily contracepting, aborting and sodomizing itself out of existence.


5 posted on 12/24/2007 6:42:31 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Eschew the shrew! Defeat Hillary in 2007!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

with the advent of the muzzie invasion...The 21st Century...will become the 14th century under sharia law!!!


6 posted on 12/24/2007 6:56:32 AM PST by nyyankeefan
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
The 21st Century is going to be a real booger. Western Civ is busily contracepting, aborting and sodomizing itself out of existence.

Emphasis on political correctness and diversity will be our downfall.
7 posted on 12/24/2007 7:13:13 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220
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To: fweingart
"Jack" shouldn't even be a name. It is a nickname for John and should remain so.

Now, if Jack were on the roof, would you help Jack off?

8 posted on 12/24/2007 7:14:13 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

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.


9 posted on 12/24/2007 7:15:44 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: fweingart
In Ohio, Jesus has become the most popular name. Locally, it is pronounced "Hay-zeus".


10 posted on 12/24/2007 7:31:35 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: fweingart

Just don’t name your teddy bear Mohammed.


11 posted on 12/24/2007 7:36:54 AM PST by Egon ("If all your friends were named Cliff, would you jump off them??" - Hugh Neutron)
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To: fweingart

This is a non-story. All it means is that Islamics are monolithic in what they name their sons. Non-islamics are more diverse.


12 posted on 12/24/2007 7:54:50 AM PST by Guyin4Os (My name says Guyin40s but now I have an exotic, daring, new nickname..... Guyin50s)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi


What does O-U-A-O spell? Izzat something Hawaiian?
13 posted on 12/24/2007 7:54:50 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Guyin4Os

Oh.


14 posted on 12/24/2007 8:06:50 AM PST by fweingart (Give Hillary a chance. (She'll change your life.))
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To: Travis McGee
...moderate Islam is its Trojan Horse in the West.

You've got that exactly right.

Islam should be listed along with the ACLU as a subversive organization.

15 posted on 12/24/2007 8:08:26 AM PST by fweingart (Give Hillary a chance. (She'll change your life.))
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Your statement is true; however, muslims in their homelands do things to their camels that is unthinkable.


16 posted on 12/24/2007 8:09:53 AM PST by fweingart (Give Hillary a chance. (She'll change your life.))
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To: fweingart

It is becuase almost every boy Islamic child is named Mohammed....and Fiad


17 posted on 12/24/2007 8:10:14 AM PST by Porterville (Don't bug me about my grammar, you are not that great.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Just think of the fun one could generate by allowing how these babes, being part of the “Religion of Peace”, were just “Teddy Bears”.


18 posted on 12/24/2007 8:36:54 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: fweingart

“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.


19 posted on 12/24/2007 9:33:37 AM PST by 353FMG (Hillary - Al Qaeda's Trophy Woman)
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To: fweingart

Can I throw up now?

Although it would be funny if the nickname for it was “Ham”...........


20 posted on 12/24/2007 9:36:47 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Sig Sauer P220
Hey, we're buckeyes (worthless nuts).

You have to look close and see the reflection on the water to see the completion of the H.

This is actually the "Touchdown Jesus" in front of the Solid Rock Church, just north of Cincinnati on I75. It is 62 ft high so the boys had to get the right perspective.

21 posted on 12/24/2007 10:32:32 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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