Survey Claims Mohammed Is No. 1 Baby Boy Name in Britain

Arabic name surges 27 spots to reach the top of BabyCentre's list for 2014; names of British royals drop.

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Mohammed has become the most popular name for baby boys in Britain, according to the parenting and pregnancy website BabyCentre.

The website's survey ranks names chosen by 56,157 members who gave birth in 2014, and do not reflect official national statistics.

Mohammed jumped 27 spots from last year to claim the No. 1 spot on the list of the 100 most popular baby boy names for 2014. The Arabic names Omar, Ali and Ibrahim also made it onto the list for the first time this year.

“With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the U.K. today,” Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, told the Guardian.

On the girls' side, Nur, a new name on the list, came in at No. 29, and Maryam surged 59 spots to No. 35.

Names of British royals grew less popular in 2014, with Charlie and Harry falling three places each to numbers six and seven on the list, and William fell one spot to No. 12. The name George fell five spots to No. 18.

Mohammed was also technically the most popular baby boy's name in Israel during the last year, although it was left off of the Population, Immigration and Border Authority's list for the top names of the year – which only included Jewish names.

The authority in September circulated a list with the 10 most popular names for boys and girls under the heading, “The most common names among babies born this year” – referring to the Jewish year 5774 – but neglected to mention that the list only included Hebrew names. According to this list, Yosef was the most popular boy’s name, followed by Daniel, Ori, Itai, Omer, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan and David.

However, the name given most often to newborns during 5774 was actually Mohammed. Moreover, the ranking for Yosef – which was in fact the second most commonly given name – also includes Arab babies named Yusef, which in Hebrew is spelled the same way.

The population authority omitted clearly Arabic names like Mohammed and Ahmed – which would have been the ninth most common name, had it been included.



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