June 25, 2003
Nomen est omen
Might as well start off with a small item: the most popular boys' name in Amsterdam last year was Mohammed. In the first quarter of this year, Mohammed fell back to 6th place, although the second quarter saw a return to the top spot.
There's an Muslim saying that if you have a hundred sons, name them all Mohammed. Apparently that's what they're doing over here.
Posted by qsi at June 25, 2003 11:23 PM
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Wasn't 1/4 of European men names John during the late Middle Ages? I thought I read that somewhere...
Follows with the theory that the Middle East is a few centuries behind the West, socially ... though that's probably anecdotal, I'm sure...
Good to have you back! I got tired of coming back to an empty page every day.
Perhaps it's a good omen that conspicuously Jewish names are still popular, like Sara, Samuel, David, Ruben, Levi, Noah, Daniel and even Sem. On the other hand, the second most popular Arabic boys' name may be a bad omen.
Nice to see your well-considered words again.
I agree.. #12 Oussama is kinda disturbing.
Visualizing growing up with that name..
I'm not sure how it can be anything but trouble.
Thank you for your kind words. It's good to be back, although I have lost touch with the blogosphere during my absence. I barely had time to browse InstaPundit, let alone read all the other blogs. But things should be better now. So much to blog about, so little time...
If I remember correctly, a Muslim father is supposed to name his first son after Muhammad. Maybe they all are getting on the 2nd and 2rd sons?
I just checked the site you got your info from.. Mohammed was also the most popular in Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Brussels. This can't be a coincidence.