Muhammad was the top boys’ name in London, Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands while Harry was top in the North East for boys for the second year running.
The statistics are derived from the names as they appear on the birth certificate of the child and, as such, don’t factor in differing or similar pronunciations. Grouping names with similar pronunciation would change the rankings.
So why not present the raw data? Would it reveal that variations of Muhammad actually top the list? ITV provided a number for London.
In 2017 760 baby boys were given the name Muhammad
Breitbart confirms and provides more data: Muhammad Names are Top For Baby Boys in England and Wales Sixth Year Running
Muhammad was the most popular name for baby boys in English regions London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017, government statistics show, with spelling variations in the name taking it to first place across England and Wales.
Officially Oliver remains the most popular name for newborn boys across the country, with 6,259 born last year. However, it is pushed into second place by Muhammad when slight spelling variations including Mohammed and Mohammad are included, which achieve 6,510 newborns between them.
While Muhammed didn’t feature at all in the top ten places in much of the country, it was outright the most popular even without spelling variations in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, and London. It came second-place outright in the North West.
Spelling variation Mohammed was also in the top ten in Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
The United Kingdom is not the only European nation where the name Mohammed has seen a sudden and massive rise in popularity over the past decade. Breitbart London reported in January on German newborn names, where Mohammed has gone from 97th to 26th most popular in less than a decade. Like in Britain, this figure does not take into account variant spellings.
In Austria, Muhammed was the third most popular boy’s name in 2017, behind Alexander and Maximilian.