Mohammed one of the top British names

Apparently Mohammed has entered the top 20 most popular names in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics. Apparently Keira is one of the fastest rising girls’ names.

  • George

    Randir Singh took over from John Smith as the most common British name in the early 80’s and the UK is still going strong.

    Beats the hell out of naming your child after something to help you fix a puncture.

  • Davros

    Looks like David at ATW has been struck dumb 😉

  • peteb

    The uninspired Jack and Katie still top the list here, Mick.

  • Donnie

    As opposed to what peteb? Peter?! 😉

  • peteb

    ‘Peter’ seems to have completely fallen out of favour, Donnie.. as have many other names. 😉

  • Donnie

    If only Donnie was my real name! However I’m not sure my given name would make the Top 100!

    My son was called Jack to keep the inlaws happy. It was either that or James and there are just to many in our family…..

  • peteb

    Ah… well, of course, not all of those who chose ‘Jack’ were uninspired 😉

  • Fraggle

    if looking for names, some cracking ones are to be found in the annals of the four masters.

  • Davros

    Jarlath is an interesting name.

  • unionist_observer

    “if looking for names, some cracking ones are to be found in the annals of the four masters.”

    too right, although very impressive they are utterly unpronouncable.

  • George

    George was the third most popular British name a century ago. People just have no taste these days.

    Jarlath sounds like it could be Irish but it obviously isn’t even if it is big in Tyrone.

  • maca

    I don’t like “Jarlath”. Knew a guy called “jarlath”, what a tosser he was.

    “too right, although very impressive they are utterly unpronouncable.”

    There’s a lot of names from the Annals still is use today. The pronouncable ones at least 😉

  • Cahal

    The views expressed on ‘a tangled web’ really scare me sometimes.

  • David Vance

    And why is that, Cahal? Engaging in challenging debate should not scare anyone. I would be interested in ascertaining WHY you say what you do.

  • Ringo

    George
    Jarlath sounds like it could be Irish but it obviously isn’t even if it is big in Tyrone.

    Jarlath is the anglicised version of Iarla. (Pron. eee-or-laa)
    Very common name in Galway in particular around Tuam where the Cathedral and main boys school is named after St. Jarlath – I think he’s the local patron saint.

    Very like the large number of Finbarrs down in the European Capital of Culture.

  • Cahal

    DV
    “Engaging in challenging debate should not scare anyone.”

    Like calling the head of Islam, Mohammed, a pedophile?

  • Davros

    Jarlath , sometimes Jarleth , was one of Patrick’s subordinates. I only heard the name because there was a SF Councillor called Jarlath ( I forget the surname ) on TV earlier.

  • David Vance

    Cahal,

    I believe you will find that the founder of the religion of peace married a nine year old. Of course she was one of his eleven wives. Wonder how he found the time to do all that killing?

    Listen Cahal, Islam and Muhammed are not beyond comment – just like Christianity and Christ are not beyond liberal comment. So get over it and stop being scared of ATW debate.

  • Gerry O’Sullivan

    Ringo

    Jarlath is the anglicised version of Iarla. (Pron. eee-or-laa)
    Very common name in Galway in particular around Tuam where the Cathedral and main boys school is named after St. Jarlath – I think he’s the local patron saint.

    That’s correct, Jarlath is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam. You’ll find a good few Jarlaths or “Ja”s in the area. The school, St Jarlath’s in Tuam is well-known in GAA circles. A distant relation of mine was president (headmaster) of the school in the first half of the last century.