SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Mohammad has become the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK. The top 100 baby names of 2014 showed Mohammad has risen a huge 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for boys.
The data showed an enormous surge in Islamic/Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls’ top 100 , jumping straight to number 29, and Maryam rising 59 places to number 35 in the list. Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are all new to the boys’ top 100.
Sophia was the top name for baby girls, mirroring its popularity in BabyCentre’s charts in the US, Brazil, Spain and Russia last year. But the year’s biggest riser within the girls’ top 100 was Maryam, while the highest new entries were Nur, Emilia and Gracie. The figures from BabyCentre combine all the variations of spellings for a single name – so boys named Muhammad, Mohammed and Mohammad, for example, would all be listed under a single name, unlike the Office for National Statistics, which lists variations on spellings.
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.” The royal relegation continued with George falling a further five places. The name slipped out of the top 10 to number 13 shortly after the future king’s birth last year. Other royal names – such as Harry and William – also continued to fall in popularity this year.
Source: Press Association