Muhammad cracked the top 10 list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales, surpassing William, James, Daniel, and other historically common names in the country, according to data from the U.K.’s national statistics agency.
Baby names can give a glimpse of pop culture influences and the changing demographics of a nation. In this case, it shows diversity within the 696,271 live births in England and Wales last year. The name has moved from 43rd to 8th in one decade.
Over the years, some reports have argued that if you were to look at all the different spellings of Muhammad than it would actually be the most popular name. And that’s true; There are numerous spellings of Muhammad, including “Mohammed” and “Mohammad,” in the top 100 list.
Here’s what England’s Office of National Statistics can tell us: Muhammad (that specific spelling, which is the most common) is now firmly in the top 10 category—and it’s on the rise. Just check out the graph below showing three spelling variants of the name.
The name has risen 35 places in the past decade, and now sits in eighth spot, with 3,908 boys born last year being given it.
But if different spellings of the moniker are accounted for – including Mohammed and Mohammad – the Arabic name is by far the most popular boys’ name overall.