Muhammad on list of top 10 baby names in U.S. for first time

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 5th, 2019 11:04 am

Last Updated Dec 5th, 2019 at 1:18 pm

The names Muhammad and Aaliyah made the list of top 10 baby names in the U.S. for the first time, according to parenting website BabyCenter's annual list of 100 most popular baby names in the U.S.

The name is considered the most popular in the world and has been increasing in popularity in the U.S.

"Muhammad's been rising on BabyCenter top baby name lists around the world, so we knew it would soon break into the U.S. top 10," Linda Murray, BabyCenter's global editor in chief, said in a statement. "Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child. The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10."

The name ranked No. 14 in 2017 and 2018. It first broke into the top 100 in 2013.

Sophia remains at the top of the list for girls for the 10th year running, while the name Liam took the No. 1 spot from Jackson.

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