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Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012 12:34 p.m. MDT

Mohammed reclaimed its place as the most popular name for baby boys born in England and Wales in 2011 - convincingly ahead of Harry, in second place, according to data released by the government this week.

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Our take: The British government declared Harry as the most popular name for baby boys. But, CNN reports that when combining the various spellings of Mohammed, the common Islamic name for males rises to the top for the fourth straight year.

Mohammed reclaimed its place as the most popular name for baby boys born in England and Wales in 2011 - convincingly ahead of Harry, in second place, according to data released by the government this week.

The government declared that Harry was the most popular boy's name, but if you add up the five most popular different spellings of Mohammed, that name comes top.

Mohammed is also the most popular boy's name of the past five years for England and Wales, ahead of Oliver and Jack. It came first or second every year since 2007, the only name to do so.

And it could become even more popular in 2012, given the adulation around long-distance runner Mo Farah, who won two gold medals for Britain at the Olympics.

Read more about Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names on CNN.

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