A parenting website in the United States, BabyCenter has released a data showing top 10 most popular baby names for boys. The data revealed that “Muhammad” is among the top and ‘most selected’ names in US.
The name “Muhammad” ranks at No. 10, up four spots from the last year. The name has been on the top rankings on BabyCenter. Muhammad first entered the top 100 in 2013.
“Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honour the Prophet and bring blessings to the child,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, said in a news release.
According to a report of CNN on Saturday, “The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”
On the top spot, Liam was the most popular name for boys, pushing out Jackson, which had spent six consecutive years at the top of the list.
Whereas for girls, “Sophia” stays on No. 1 spot marking a decade as the top choice. The parenting website has said its data comes from almost 600,000 parents who shared their baby’s name with the organisation in 2019. BabyCenter rankings also combine names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Mohammad and Muhammad).
According to BabyCenter, names of Arabic origin are climbing as Muhammad broke into the top 10 for boys whereas Aaliyah made the top 10 for girls. Isla, a Scottish name, is also ranking up on 38 spots from last year. Eleanor and Miles were tied for second-fastest climbing names.
According to BabyCenter’s rankings, the most popular names for boys include: 1) Liam, 2) Jackson, 3) Noah, 4) Aiden, 5) Grayson, 6) Caden, 7) Lucas, 8) Elijah, 9) Oliver, 10) Muhammad.
Most popular names for girls: 1) Sophia, 2) Olivia, 3) Emma, 4) Ava, 5) Aria, 6) Isabella, 7) Amelia, 8) Mia, 9) Riley, 10) Aaliyah.
The Social Security Administration also lines the popularity of baby names using records of all babies born in the US, but the agency treats each unique spelling as a separate name.
The agency has not released its own list, but Social Security data shows Muhammad rose from No. 620 in 2000 to No. 345 in 2018. The agency does not include varied spellings in that ranking.