Mohammad Becomes UK Most Popular Boys’ Name

Mohammad Becomes UK Most Popular Boys’ Name

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According to the parenting and pregnancy website BabyCenter, Mohammad beat Oliver and Jack and jumped 27 spots from last year to claim the top spot on the list of the 100 most popular baby boy names for 2014, Aljazeera reported.

The Arabic names Ali, Omar, 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 UK today.” Sarah Redshaw, Managing Editor for BabyCentre said.

Mohammad, name of Islam’s most revered Prophet (PBUH), translates to “praiser of God” and “praised” from Arabic. First seen in the top 100 boys’ names in the 1950s, Mohammad has taken the lead in 2014. The name can be spelled 10 different ways, so when they are all added together, it jumps up to first place, according to BabyCenter website.

On the girls’ side, Nur, a new name on the list, came in at number 29, and Maryam surged 59 spots to the 35th spot.

Meanwhile, names of British royals grew less popular this year, with Charlie and Harry falling three places each to numbers six and seven on the list, and William fell to the 12th spot. The name George fell five spots to no. 18.