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Mohammed Becomes 'Most Popular' Boy Name in Britain

Mohammed Becomes 'Most Popular' Boy Name in Britain

The name Mohammed has officially become the most popular name for newborn boys in Britain. According to the UK's Mail Online, Mohammed replaces Jack, which had topped the list for the last 14 years.

A total of 7,549 newborns were given 12 variations of the Islamic prophet Mohammed’s name last year, such as Muhammad and Mohammad.

The name Mohammed first debuted on the top 100 in 1944 when it ranked 87th.  By 1964 it had risen to 73rd.  But since 1999, the Mail Online reports the name's frequency has increased by more than 50%.

The upsurge in the name's frequency likely mirrors a growing population of Muslims residing in the UK.  Just last week, the Telegraph ran an expose on one London borough populated nearly entirely by Muslims, dubbed "Britain's Islamic Republic."

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