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Mohammed is Now the Most Popular Name for Baby Boys

By NewsRoom24 on December 4th, 2014 / Views
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Mohammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK, the website BabyCentre has revealed. While Arabic names are on the rise, TV shows such as Game Of Thrones have also inspired names for the next generation.
The list of the top 100 baby names of 2014 showed Muhammad has risen 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for boys. There is a surge in Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls’ top 100, jumping straight to number 29, and Maryam rising 59 places to number 35. Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are new to the boys’ top 100.
For baby boys, Teddy was the biggest climber within the top 100.
Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys
The highest new entries were Kian and Jonathan.
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, said, “With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today. Parents have also been influenced by celebrity name choices. The Beckhams and Simon Cowell have been big influences this year. Eric, the name Simon Cowell chose for his son, increased by 314%.”
He also added, “Parents are wary of names associated with celebrities who exhibit bad behavior, the controversial pop singer Miley Cyrus being a prime example.”
The name Miley has fallen, as have Amy and Nick, following the release of the mystery thriller book and movie Gone Girl.
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The royal relegation continued with George slipped out of the top 10 to number 13 shortly after the future king’s birth last year. Other royal names, such as Harry and William, also fell in popularity this year.
The names of David and Victoria Beckham’s have also prompted a trend among parents. Harper is a new entry in the top 100 this year, while Romeo is up 67% and Cruz is up 400%. From Game Of Thrones, the name Emilia was a new entry at number 53, with parents also registering the names Daenerys and Tyrion this year. The name Piper was up 267%, thanks to popular TV series Orange Is The New Black. Breaking Bad also continued to influence as Skyler, Jesse and Walter all increased in popularity.

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