- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2014

Muhammad is now the most popular name for boys born in Britain.

The Office of National Statistics found that more than 8,000 babies born in 2013 were named a variation of the Muslim prophet’s name, Newsmax reported.

Muhammad was given to 3,499 boys; Mohammed was given to 2,887; Mohammad to 1,059 and Muhammed, to 561. Eighteen other variations of Muhammad make the ONS list, Newsmax said.

In total, 8,006 boys were named Muhammad or its derivatives — compared to the more British-sounding Oliver, bestowed on to 6,949 boys, Newsmax reported.

The Muhammad name trend comes as the Muslim population is sweeping through Britain. An estimated 3 million Muslims now live in the nation.