Published December 19, 2007
Move over Jack, Mohammed's about to pass you.
Britain's Office of National Statistics says the name of the Muslim prophet is on the verge of becoming the most popular name for newborn boys in the United Kingdom.
While Jack has reigned supreme for the last 13 years, Britain's growing Muslim society has rocketed their prophet's name -- including all spelling variations -- into second place. If the trend holds, Mohammed should pass Jack next year.
The 2001 national census in the United Kingdom put the Muslim population at 1.6 million, but officials concede that number is greatly outdated.
So, if the growing Muslim population is affecting boys' names, how about girls?
Officials say last year's winner, Olivia, has fallen by the wayside, and Grace is now the name to claim.