SAN FRANCISCO — The name Muhammad has become one of the top 10 most popular baby names for boys in the United States this year, surging to the number 10 spot after coming in 14th in 2018.
The name has been steadily climbing up the charts according to the San Francisco-based parenting website BabyCenter, which compiled the data. It first entered the top 100 in 2013.
“Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, said according to a news release.
“The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”
The most popular boy’s name for 2019 was Liam, which knocked the name Jackson out of the number one spot after six consecutive years there. The name Sophia remained number one on the list for girls, marking a full decades as the top choice.
The website said the data came from almost 600,000 parents who shared their baby’s name with the organization in 2019. Any names that have a similar sound but a different spelling are included as one name, including Muhammad with its multiple spellings.
While the name Muhammad has been rising in popularity in recent years, it ranked far lower according to United States Social Security data, an article from CNN.com said.
Muhammad rose from number 620 in 2000 to number 345 in 2018, mostly because the agency does not combine variable spellings in its ranking and instead treats them as separate names.
Names of Arabic origin are also on the rise in general, BabyCenter said. The name Aaliyah made the top 10 for girls.
The top 10 for boys, in order, is: Liam, Jackson, Noah, Aiden, Grayson, Caden, Lucas, Elijah, Oliver and Muhammad. The top 10 for girls is: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Aria, Isabella, Amelia, Mia, Riley and Aaliyah.