Anthony Reuben, in a BBC News item called 'Most popular baby names Amelia and Oliver' (15th August, 2016), wrote that
“some people have added up the spellings of Muhammad to put it in first place on the list”.
He then went on to say:
“There are eight different spellings, and if you add them up you get to 8,380, which would put the name in first place, ahead of Oliver on 6,949.”
[The BBC's Anthony Reuben.]
However, Anthony Reuben responds to these points in the following manner:
"But you're on a slippery slope once you start combining entries on the list.
“If you add the number of babies called Harry to the number called Henry, for example, you get to 9,136. Combining Jack and Jacob gives you a whopping 13,649.”
Firstly, even though the name 'Harry' and 'Henry' have the same common root, they're still different names. They're not simply different spellings of the same name. The same goes for the names 'Jack' and 'Jacob' – different names with (possibly) the same root.
In addition, if there were even more different spellings of the name 'Muhammed', then – in theory at least - that Muslim name wouldn't come in the top fifty or even hundred of common British names (i.e., if we were follow Reuben's faulty logic). Thus, in the BBC's Orwellian world, hardly any babies at all in England and Wales will have been named 'Muhammed' in 2013. (I wonder what the English nurses and midwives think of Reuben's ideologically-correct reasonings.)
However, none of that matters. Every Muslim baby named 'Muhammad' is named after the Prophet Muhammad. The slightly different spellings are immaterial.
Are all the people named 'Harry' and 'Henry' named after the same person? Indeed is everyone just named 'Harry' named after the same person? Of course not! And the same is true of the names ''Jack' and 'Jacob'.
So is Anthony Reuben “lying for justice” here? Is he lying )or at least dissimulating) about the number of Muslims being born in the UK in order to fight against (possible) racism and insure "community cohesion"? And does he think that the best way of doing that is to pretend that hardly any babies are called 'Muhammed'?
In other words, the BBC doesn't seem to want its readers and viewers to know that very many many Muslim babies are being born in the UK. Now why is that?
*) According to the BBC (or at least the BBC's Anthony Reuben), 'Muhammed' and 'Muhammad' are completely different names simply because one includes an 'a' and the other has an 'e'. Does the BBC really believe its readers are stupid? Unless this is what some of them want to believe.
One further point. The phonetics off all the spellings of the name 'Muhammed' are exactly the same! As someone said on Facebook, if someone called out 'Muhammed', all the people with different spellings of that name would react. The English names cited by the BBC, on the other hand, all have very different phonetics.
I must conclude again: either the BBC was lying; or this journalist is an intellectual imbecile.