Mohammed Most Popular Name In London
Mohammed has become the most popular name for baby boys in London, England, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It includes all the various spellings of the name, such as Muhammad, Mohammad, Mohamed and Muhammed. The Islamic name is now more than twice as common in London as the second most popular name, Daniel. Mohammed is also the most common boys' name in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as the North West.
Other European cities are also showing signs of a growing Muslim influence. Mohammed has overtaken traditional European names as the most popular baby name in Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam. According to the Telegraph, Mohammed is the most common male name in the world. 15 million people around the globe carry the name.
This is the first year ONS has revealed regional data regarding name use in the United Kingdom. Previously, only national data has been available. The ONS also stated that the Muslim population is growing ten times faster than the rest of the U.K. population. 2.4 million Brits identify themselves as Muslim, 42.6 million as Christian.
Murtaza Shibli of the Muslim Council of Britain said he was not surprised to find Mohammed had become the most popular boys name in parts of the country.
"People choose it because of their love of the prophet Mohammed, and they believe the name will bring happiness and abundance," he said.
"Also because of its meaning - the praised one. Also there is a belief that if you do name your children Mohammed they will follow the good example of the prophet.
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