'Mohammed' Might Join Germany's Most Popular Baby Boy Names

Published January 25th, 2018 - 06:00 GMT
Since Angela Merkel threw open the borders in 2015, more than a million migrants have arrived in the country (Shutterstock/File)
Since Angela Merkel threw open the borders in 2015, more than a million migrants have arrived in the country (Shutterstock/File)

 

  • The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy names in Germany
  • This is due to the migrants who have arrived in the country
  • Within three years, the name could be in the top 10
  • Germany agreed to limit the number of asylum seeker arrivals

 

Jonas and Maximilian may soon have to step aside. The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy names in Germany.

Since Angela Merkel threw open the borders in 2015, more than a million migrants have arrived in the country.

This population growth has been a factor in the Arabic name's rapid rise. In less than a decade, it has already shot from 97th place to 26th, Breitbart reported.

Within three years, Mohammed could rank in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.

According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed (or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following year alone.

However, this does not take into account all the variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.

If it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.

An Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported.

Statistics for baby names in Germany for 2017 are due to be released within the next few months.

 

 

Muhammed was the most popular baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May. It was also the second most popular nationwide in Britain.

In the U.S., the name Muhammad ranked 352nd in 2016 in terms of popularity, according to the Social Security Administration website.

For 2016, the number of births with name Muhammad was 958, which represents 0.048 percent of total male births that year.

Germany will limit the number of asylum seeker arrivals to around 200,000 per year under a draft coalition agreement sealed earlier this month after marathon talks.

A deal being hammered out between Angela Merkel's CDU party, it sister CSU party and the left-leaning SPD says that migrant arrivals will be limited to between 180,000 and 220,000 each year.

In addition, the parties will agree to cap the number of people who will be allowed to join their family living as refugees in Germany at 1,000 per month.

All three parties are now reported to have agreed to the 28-page draft which will allow formal coalition talks to take place over the coming weeks.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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