What's the Problem with Mohamed?

When the Office of National Statistics released the top baby names for 2012 earlier this week, the internet and newspapers were full of it.  All of the parenting pages on Facebook made posts about it, asking people what they thought, whether their baby's name was on the list etc. I saw more than one comment on these posts saying "sad to see Mohamed is on the list" with a sad or worried emoticon. And I have to say, I was more than a little outraged at those comments.

There were several different entries for "Mohamed" on the list; each with a different spelling. If you'd put all the different spellings into one grouping, Mohamed/Mohammed/Muhamed/Mahamed would actually have been second on the list. Shock! Horror! Those dirty foreigners coming over here, not only do they take our jobs and our houses, now they're invading our lists of most popular names. 

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