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Muhammad makes list of top 10 baby names in the US

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, Muhammad ranks at number 10, up four spots from last year.
The name has been climbing steadily over the years and first entered the top 100 in 2013.
“Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, said in a news release.
“The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”
Arabic origin names are on the rise, according to BabyCenter. As the name Muhammad broke into the top 10 for boys, Aaliyah made the top 10 for girls.
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Liam was the most popular name for boys, pushing out Jackson, which spent six consecutive years at the top of the list. Sophia remained No. 1 for girls, marking a decade as the top choice.
The data comes from almost 600,000 parents who shared their baby’s name with the organisation in 2019.
Its rankings also combine names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Mohammad and Muhammad).
The Social Security Administration ranks the popularity of baby names using records of all babies born in the US, but the agency treats each unique spelling as a separate name.
The agency has not released its own list, but data shows Muhammad rose from No. 620 in 2000 to No. 345 in 2018. The agency does not include varied spellings in that ranking.
These are the top 10 baby names for boys and girls this year.
Most popular names for boys
  1. Liam
  2. Jackson
  3. Noah
  4. Aiden
  5. Grayson
  6. Caden
  7. Lucas
  8. Elijah
  9. Oliver
  10. Muhammad
Most popular names for girls
  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4.  Ava
  5. Aria
  6. Isabella
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Riley
  10. Aaliyah
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