Muhammad and it’s variant translations are amongst the most popular names in the world!!!

It is the name of the Islamic prophet. Throughout the Muslim world, it is popular to name a male child after him. This name and its variant transliterations are among the most popular names in the world.

According to the sixth edition of The Columbia Encyclopedia (2000), Muhammad is probably the most common given name [in the world], including variations.
It is estimated that more than 150 million men and boys in the world bear the name Muhammad.[citation needed].

Muhammad was the most common baby boy name in England and Wales in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and the second most popular in 2007 and 2010, combining 14 spelling variations.

Mohammed and Mohamed were the first most popular baby name in Département Seine-Saint-Denis (2002, 2008) and in Marseilles (2007, 2009), France.
Similarly, since 2008 it is the most popular baby boy name in Brussels and Antwerpen, Belgium’s most Muslim populated cities.

In May 2006, it was reported that statistics indicate that some 8,928 Danish Muslims carry the name Muhammad and that in 2004 alone, 167 new-born babies were registered.

In 2009 Mohamed, the most common spelling variant, was ranked 430th in the US.
According to the Social Security Administration, Mohammad was ranked 589th, Mohammed 633rd, and Muhammad the 639th most popular first name for newborns in 2006.
In the 1990 United States census, the Muhammad variant of the spelling was ranked 4,194 out of 88,799 for people of all ages.
– Wikipedia

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Parents banned from naming baby WikiLeaks

A couple in Germany who wanted to name their baby boy after something that “changed the world” have been banned from calling their child Wikileaks.

Registry officials in the Bavarian town of Passau ruled that naming the child after the whistleblowing website would endanger the baby’s welfare.

The boy’s father, 28-year-old journalist and photographer Hajar Hamalaw, told NBC News “This is not only a simple name for me — it has a big meaning. WikiLeaks has changed the world.”

WikiLeaks and its creator Julian Assange gained international notoriety following a series of high-profile leaks, including US diplomatic cables in 2010.

“For my family, the name is a synonym with transparent truth,” he added. “My two-year-old daughter is called ‘Diya,’ which translates to ‘Light of Truth.’“

But the Passau registry office did not agree with Hamalaw and his wife Daria Kareem, who have lived in the town for eight months, and ruled against them using the name on their son’s birth certificate.

Hamalaw added that the registar did not know what WikiLeaks was at first.

“She thought I was presenting the name of a television show,” Hamalaw told the US network.

“We were very disappointed after the rejection. Hundreds of people across the globe were allowed to use the name of Barack Obama’s dog for their child, but I can’t use WikiLeaks?“

While some countries including Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have lists of names that are banned, naming is dealt with on a case-by-case basis in Germany.

Potential names banned in New Zealand include 4Real, Mafia No Fear, and Anal.

A spokesperson for the town of Passau said the decision by the registry office was based on legal rulings which state a child’s name should not be granted if it could endanger their welfare.

“In an initial information session, we told the family that we would have to reject the name based on similar assessments in recent court rulings,” she said.

The couple has since opted to call their son Dako instead, although friends and family members continue to call the baby WikiLeaks, according to CBS News.
By Kashmira Gander

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