For the first time, Muhammad is one of the top 10 most popular baby names for boys in the United States, according to data from the parenting website BabyCenter.
Although the nation’s favorite monikers have more or less remained the same since 2018, there has been a rise in Arabic names in 2019.
This year, Muhammad and Aaliyah have replaced Mason and Layla placing tenth on the coveted list.
In 2018 and 2017, Muhammad came in at No.14 on BabyCenter’s list with a 29 percent jump in popularity this year.
BabyCenter combines names that sound the same but vary in spelling to get a more accurate measure of its popularity (e.g. Sophia and Sofia).
TOP 100 BOYS NAMES IN THE US
The parenting and pregnancy website compiled the names of babies born to around 600,000 registered U.S. users in 2019.
The Social Security Administration also makes a list, which pulls the names of all the babies born in the U.S.
The independent agency treats each spelling as a different name which differs from BabyCenter’s analysis.
Muhammad went from No. 620 in 2000 to No. 345 in 2018, according to Social Security Administration’s data.
If they combined different spellings (e.g. Mohammad, Mohammed and Muhammad) in its count, the name would rank higher still.
The Independent estimates that Muhammad is the most popular name globally, “given to an estimated 150 million men and boys.”
“Muhammad’s been rising on BabyCenter top baby name lists around the world,” said BabyCenter’s Global Editor In Chief Linda Murray.
Murray said they knew the name would “soon break into the U.S. top 10” in a press statement.
“Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child,” she added.