Monday, June 14, 2010

Mohammed is now the third most popular boy's name in England. So why this shabby effort to conceal it?

By Max Hastings
This week, the Office of National Statistics published a list of the most popular boys' names in Britain: Jack, Oliver, Thomas, Harry, Joshua, Alfie, Charlie, Daniel.
They reflect a cultural tradition as old as the nation's history, and would provoke approving nods from Jack the Ripper, Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Becket and Harry Hotspur.
There is just one small problem: the list is deceitful. In reality, the third most popular choice for boy children born last year in England and Wales was not Thomas, but Mohammed. 
A young Muslim boy
Deceitful: When both spellings of Mohammed are combined it is the third most popular boys' name in Britain

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