The sound you hear is the UK swirling around the commode.
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Multi-cultural London and the West Midlands contained the most babies named Muhammad, while Oliver came out top in the South East, South West and Wales.
How Muhammad is now the most popular name for baby boys in England and Wales… but it doesn’t top official list because there are so many ways to spell it
- Muhammad is the most popular name for baby boys in England and Wales
- Tops ONS study released today only when all variations are added together
- Amelia stays as the top girls name for the third year running in 2013
- Olivia, Emily, Ava and Isla make up the top five most popular girls names
- Royal names William, Harry and George occupy three of the top 10 spots
- Old ‘War names’ like Ivy, Violet and Albert have seen a surge in popularity
- Analysis shows parents influenced by celebrities and popular TV shows
- Babies named after characters in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones
The most popular boys’ name in England and Wales last year was Muhammad, according to an ONS poll released earlier today.
The research officially lists Oliver as the most popular boys name, with 6,949 counts, but the way the names are organised means each different spelling of Muhammad is listed separately.
When all the variations are added together, including Muhammad, Mohammed and Mohammad, the name comes out top with 7,445 counts.
Oliver replaced Harry as the second most popular name given to baby boys, while George jumped up to tenth place.
Muhammad is was the most popular name for baby boys in England and Wales last year, beating Oliver to the top spot once all the variations were added together