Thursday, December 21, 2006

More new babies named Mohammed than George in Britain

London, Dec 21- Mohammed, and its most commonalternative spelling Muhammad, are now more popular babies'names in the UK than George, reflecting the diverse ethnicmix of the population.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today therewere 2,833 baby boys called Mohammed in 2006.The name is 22nd in the list of most popular boys' names,moving up a place from last year.Spelled Muhammad, it is the 44th most popular name andenters the top 50 for the first time along with Noah, Oscar,Lucas and Rhys.There were 2,833 babies called Mohammed born in 2006 and1,422 called Muhammad. The total exceeds the number of Georges(3,386) or Josephs (3,755).The top ten boys names in vogue are Jack, Thomas, Joshua,Oliver, Harry, James, William, Samuel, Daniel and Charlie.The top ten girls names are Olivia, Grace, Jessica, RubyEmily, Sophie, Chloe, Lucy, Lily and Ellie.Jack has been the top boys' name for 12 years but Oliviahas risen three places from last year. Last year's top girl'sname, Jessica, dropped to number three. There are just threenew names in the top 50 girls' names list-- Imogen, Sophia andAnna.The list of popular babies' names for 2006 also showsthat the cult of celebrity is changing the baptismal tide. There were 38 babies named Cruz (after David Beckham'sthird child) this year, raising the name from 1,508th to650th. There were 14 Peaches (after the daughter of Live-8performer Bob Geldof), raising that name from 4,509th to1,561st.The ONS said some of the girls' names gaining the mostpopularity this year were Evie (21), Freya (23), Poppy (30)and Jasmine (31).As usual, the boys' top 50 is more stable, but Harrisonjumped six places to number 36, Alfie, Cameron and Henry allrose five places to numbers 16, 30 and 39 respectively.

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