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Islam conquers the UK

3 Dec

What have we done to our country?  Look at this extract from a national newspaper.

The Independent, Wednesday 03 December 2014

Muhammed has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK!

Research by the Baby Centre combined spelling variations to put it at the top of the list of the most used boys’ name in 2014!

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) came to the same conclusion with its official figures for England and Wales.

Oliver was the number one name until the spellings of 3,499 Muhammads, 2,887 Mohammeds and 1,059 Mohammads were combined, giving a total of 7,445 babies.

Some have argued that if those are to be taken as the same name, then so should British variations such as Oliver and Ollie, James and Jim, which would overtake Mohammed in all its incarnations.

Variations of Mohammed are the most popular boys’ names in the UK But Arabic experts say the comparison is a false one, because the differences with Mohammed arise only from the transliteration from Arabic (محمد) into Roman characters.

A spokesperson from the Arab British Centre, which works to improve understanding of the Arab world in the UK, said that despite its variations, Mohammed is unquestionably the same name.

“Because Arabic is a phonetic language, it means that when people spell it out the letters can’t directly represent the sounds so you end up with different vowels and things like that,” she said.

“Even though people write it differently it’s still the exact same name, unlike Ollie and Oliver, because people have shortened it.”

Variations can include Mohamad, Mohamed, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhamad, Muhamed, Muhammad, Muhammed, Muhammet and many more. Shortenings include Mo and Mohd, which were not counted in the data.

 

 

See also:https://thoughtsforourtimes.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/we-will-out-breed-you/