The Office for National Statistics has just released the list of most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2011. First in the boys’ list is Harry (7,523 babies), followed by Oliver (7,007) and Jack (6,844), whilst the top three girls’ names are Amelia (5054), Olivia (4938) and Lily (4761).
Number 19 on the boy’s list is Mohammed (3,054 babies); however adding Muhammad (2,854) and Mohammad (1,037) takes it up to third place (possibly higher were we to add all the other variants – Mohamad, Muhamed, Mohammod, Mahmoud, Mehmud, etc.).
Mohammed has been a fairly uncommon name in public life, but given these statistics and the rapid growth of Britain’s Muslim population
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