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Muhammad now UK's most popular boys' name
December 1, 2014, 5:41 pm

Muhammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in Britain, according to the parenting and pregnancy website BabyCentre. This is according to a survey on the parenting website BabyCentre and not an official national census.

Muhammad beat Oliver and Jack and jumped 27 spots from last year to claim the top spot on the list of the 100 most popular baby boy names for 2014. The Arabic names Omar, Ali and Ibrahim also made it onto the list for the first time this year.

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, told 'The Guardian': "With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today."

Muhammad, name of Islam’s most revered prophet, translates to "praiser of God" and "praised" from Arabic. First seen in the top 100 boys' names in the 1950s, Muhammad has taken the lead in 2014. The name can be spelled 10 different ways, so when they’re all added together, it jumps up to first place, according to BabyCentre website.

On the girls' side, Nur, a new name on the list, came in at number 29, and Maryam surged 59 spots to the 35th spot.

Meanwhile, names of British royals grew less popular this year, with Charlie and Harry falling three places each to numbers six and seven on the list, and William fell to the 12th spot. The name George fell five spots to no. 18.

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