Muhammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK, the website BabyCentre has claimed. While Arabic names are on the rise, TV shows such as Game Of Thrones have also inspired names for the next generation.
The list of the top 100 baby names of 2014 showed Muhammad has risen 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for boys.
The baby names chart ranks the names chosen by 56,157 BabyCentre.co.uk members who gave birth in 2014.
There is a surge in Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls’ top 100, jumping straight to number 29, and Maryam rising 59 places to number 35. Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are new to the boys’ top 100.
Sophia was the top name for baby girls, mirroring its popularity in BabyCentre’s charts in the US, Brazil, Spain and Russia last year.
But the biggest riser within the girls’ top 100 was Maryam, while the highest new entries were Nur, Emilia and Gracie.
For baby boys, Teddy was the biggest climber within the top 100. The highest new entries were Kian and Jonathan.
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.”
The royal relegation continued with George falling a further five places. The name slipped out of the top 10 to number 13 shortly after the future king’s birth last year. Other royal names, such as Harry and William, also fell in popularity this year.