‘Muhammad’ In Top Ten US Baby Names

‘Muhammad’ In Top Ten US Baby Names

The popular Islamic name “Muhammad” has broken into the top ten United States baby names for the first time.

The list for popular baby names reveals that the name Muhammad is now the tenth most used name for newborn baby boys in the U.S., according to BabyCenter data.

Muhammad has been climbing in the U.S. for years now, as the Muslim population continues booming to historic levels largely due to the nation’s legal immigration system, which admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants every year.

In 2018, Muhammad was the 14th most popular baby name for boys. Two years before, in 2016, Muhammad was listed as the 34th most popular name for baby boys. Jump back to the year 2000, though, and the name Muhammad did not even register on a list of the year’s 200 most popular baby boy names.

The Pew Research Center estimates that the Muslim community will soon be the second-largest religious group in the U.S.

Today, there are roughly 3.45 million Muslims living in the U.S., making up about 1.1 percent of the total American population. Pew researchers estimate that the Muslim population will grow to 8.1 million by 2050.