Just like last year, the Mail is once again foaming at the mouth about baby names. Here's the ten most popular boys' names in 2009, as listed by the Mail:
Naturally, the headline the Mail then sticks on the story is:
Despite 'Mohammed' actually appearing at number 16 on the list (the same position as last year), the Mail has added up 12 variations of the name in order to claim it's now the most popular and create a bit of anti-Muslim scaremongering.
It's much the same article as they produced last year, so the points made about it by this blog last year still stand.
It's hard to take this game seriously. There are clear cultural reasons why Mohammed is so popular among Muslim families, but it's a relatively small number overall.
The Mail says that when you add 12 other recognised variations of Mohammed together, the number of boys given that name in 2009 was 7,549 (out of 362,135 boys born).
Yet the ONS figures show that the number of boys given those same 12 names in 2008 was 7,673.
Overall, this accounted for 2.09% of all boys born in 2008, a very slightly higher number than the 2.08% in 2009.
(Jonathan at No Sleep 'Til Brooklands has more)