'Mohammed' tops UK baby name list

According to CNN, Mohammed is No. 1 choice for a baby name in the UK.

Oliver and variations come second, followed by Jack, Thomas, Charles, Harry, William and Daniel. The United Kingdom is about 4.6 percent Muslim, with just under 2.9 million Muslims according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. And Muslims have a strong tendency to name their sons Mohammed.

The Muslim population has risen rapidly in Western Europe in the past 20 years, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

From under 10 million in 1990, it's gone up to about 17 million today, the think tank said in a report last month.

Though that has be accompanied by tensions ranging from racial violence in parts of England to legal restrictions like banning the burqa in France and banning minarets in Switzerland, the Office of National Statistics, which declared Wednesday that Oliver was the single most popular name for boys born in 2009.

Oliver indeed, is the best choice but a CNN analysis of the top 4,500 boys names shows that, when different spellings of the name are lumped together, Mohammed is No. 1. 

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