Muhammad is the most popular name in the UK, survey finds

Muhammad is most popular name in the UK for fifth year running, survey finds
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10 December, 2021
Muhammad is the most common baby name in the UK for the fifth year running.
59 percent of the Muslim population in the UK is in London [Getty]

Mohammed has retained its position for the most popular baby name of the year in the United Kingdom for the fifth year in a row.

The name - also spelt as Mohamad, Mohammad, Mohamed and Muhammad - "retained the crown for the fifth year running" according to data by UK's BabyCentre published on Wednesday.

Muhammad was the most popular spelling of the name.

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“There was a change at the top of the girls’ chart as Olivia reclaimed the top spot after falling back to second place last year. Muhammad held strong for another year in pole position as it proved to be the most popular boys name again with parents,” said Sophie Bell, a writer for BabyCentre which is a resource for parents and mums-to-be in the UK.

It is common for Muslims across the world to name their sons after Muhammad, the final prophet of Islam.

According to the latest census results, there are over 3.3 million Muslims living in the UK, with 59 percent of them living in London.

Noah and Oliver retained their positions as second and third most popular boy's names in the UK.