Mohammed Now London's Most Popular Boys Name

Prophet's name knocks Daniel into second place in British capital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 7:25 AM CDT
Mohammed Now London's Most Popular Boys Name
British government figures show that 1,828 baby boys were given the name "Mohammed" in London last year.   (Shutter Stock)

Mohammed has beaten out old favorites like Jack and Oliver to become the most popular name for baby boys in London, the Telegraph reports. British government figures show that the name—when variant spellings like "Muhammed" are included—is more than twice as popular in the British capital as the second favorite, Daniel. The name has already taken first place in other European capitals including Oslo, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen.

"People choose it because of their love of the prophet Mohammed, and they believe the name will bring happiness and abundance," a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain explained. "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." (Read more London stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.