Elham Asaad Buaras
More than 8,000 boys born last year were named with some variation of Muhammad. The UK’s Office of National Statistics declared Oliver as the top pick of 2013 with 6,949 boys sporting the name. However, a closer look at the complete list showed that parents selected several spellings of Muhammad for their sons, making the name more popular.
Combined spellings of Muhammad have made it the most popular name for newborn boys in England for three years in a row.
They rank higher than other favourites such as Harry and Jack in the top 100 names.
Across England, a total of 7,032 babies were given the name using the spellings of Muhammad (18th), Mohammed (25th) and Mohammad (58th) – topping the 6,893 that were called Harry.
Now, however, the single variant Muhammad has topped the list in the capital with 768 registered births last year, ahead of Daniel on 666.
There are 18 variations of Muhammad featured on the 2013 list of baby boy names. The most common variations were Muhammad, with 3,499 namesakes, Mohammed, with 2,887, and Mohammad, with 1,059.