Mohammed: Top Brit Baby Name?

'Oliver' tops official list
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2010 1:57 AM CDT
Mohammed: Top Brit Baby Name?
Oliver, Jack, Harry, Alfie, and Joshua were the top 5 names for boys in England last year, according to the Office of National Statistics.   (Shutter Stock)

Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys in England, according to some calculations. Official figures released this week reveal that Oliver is now the country's most popular boy's name—ending Jack's 14-year-reign—but some publications have noted that if the various spellings of the prophet's name were counted as a single name, it would be top with a total of 7,549 newborn boys given the name last year, ABC News reports.

A spokesman for Britain's Office of National Statistics says reports that Mohammed is now the top name are misleading, because Oliver would still be on top if variant spellings like Olivier, Ollie, and Olly were counted. "One thing I am sure of is that this has nothing to do with me," Cabinet Office minister of state Oliver Letwin told Guardian journalist Oliver Burkeman.
(More Mohammed stories.)

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