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Mohammed now UK's most popular baby name for boys

BabyCentre's annual list reveals surge in popularity for Arabic names as Nur is also popular for girls

Mohammed now UK's most popular baby name for boys
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Mohammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK, the website BabyCentre has said.

The website's 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.

It showed that there has been a surge in the popularity of Arabic names in the UK, with Nur a new entry in the girls’ top 100, jumping straight to number 29.

Maryam also rose 59 places to number 35 while Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim were all newly added to the boys’ top 100.

“Traditionally Mohammed is often given to the first-born boy in Muslim families,” managing editor at parenting website BabyCentre, Sarah Redshaw, told media in the UK.

“The increase of other Arabic names in the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.”

Prior to reaching number one on the national level, the name Muhammad received a top spot in London.

Other trending baby boy names for Brits included Teddy, as it climbed the most in 2014. Kian and Jonathan were the highest new entries, followed by Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim further down the list.

The list of popular baby names is compiled every year by BabyCentre. Below is a list of the UK’s 10 most popular baby names for 2014:

1. Mohammed 2. Oliver 3. Jack 4. Noah 5. Jacob 6. Charlie 7. Harry 8. Joshua 9. James 10. Ethan

1. Sophia 2. Emily 3. Lily 4. Olivia 5. Amelia 6. Isla 7. Isabella 8. Ava 9. Sophie 10. Chloe

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