Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Mohammed was the most popular baby boy name in England in 2011, making it the only name to retain either the top or second spot in the rankings for 6 consecutive years. CNN.com has more:
The government declared that Harry was the most popular boy’s name, but if you add up the five most popular different spellings of Mohammed, that name comes top.
Mohammed is also the most popular boy’s name of the past five years for England and Wales, ahead of Oliver and Jack. It came first or second every year since 2007, the only name to do so.
And it could become even more popular in 2012, given the adulation around long-distance runner Mo Farah, who won two gold medals for Britain at the Olympics.
The popularity of the name comes as Britain’s Muslim population is expected to double in the next 20 years.
The country, which was about 2% Muslim in 1990, grew to 4.6% Muslim in 2010, with nearly 2.9 million followers of the faith, according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
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Monday, May 14th, 2012
The U.S. Social Security Administration has released its annual list of most popular baby names, with Sophia coming out as the top girl’s name, and Jacob as the top boy’s name. Here are the top 10 names for each gender:
Top Boys’ Names of 2011
Top Girls’ Names of 2011
For more, check out Parents.com’s In Name Only blog.
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