The name Muhammad–including its many spelling variations–has broken the top 10 baby name list ranking for the first time in the US.
According to BabyCenter:
Muhammad is one of the most popular names in the world and has been a steady climber in our top names lists over the years. While non-Muslim families have a seemingly limitless range of possible names to choose from, tradition is still very important for Muslim families, including the custom of naming a son after the Prophet. In fact, the name is so popular that many Muhammads shorten their name to Md., Mohd., or Muhd. and go by a less common name.
In the previous two years, Muhammad came in at 14th on BabyCenter’s list–with a 29% jump in popularity this year.
The name “Muhammad” is the most popular boy’s name in the world–including any spelling variations.
In the UK–which boasts a large Islamic community in many major towns and cities across the country–Muhammad is the most popular boys name for newborns across many areas.
According to BabyCenter’s global editor-in-chief, Linda Murray: “Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child.
“The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”
The Sun writes:
Muhammad means “praised, commendable” in Arabic, while Aaliyah translates as “exalted,” or “rising” in Hebrew.
Although politically incorrect to point out, many non-mainstream commentators link the crescent popularity of the name “Muhammad” with mass immigration, disparate birth rates, and demographic changes on a Western and Global scale.