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Quick Facts on Muhammad

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Arabic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 422
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Muhammad

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Muhammad

Muḥammad means “praiseworthy” in Arabic and is one of the most popular male names in the Muslim world which is fast approaching two billion people. Muḥammad ibn-‘Abd-Allāh ibn-‘Abd-al-Muttalib was a 7th century prophet and founder of the Islamic religion – hence the popularity of this name among Muslims. Another famous bearer was Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, a 9th-century Persian mathematician, scientist, and inventor of algebra. We obviously know that Muḥammad is an ϋber-popular name in the Middle East and Northern Africa where Muslims are concentrated; however, the name has also seen success within Western nations as a result of Muslim immigration and expansion (although the spelling of Mohamed is more common in Europe). The traditional spelling of Muhammad sees impressive success in England and Scotland. Due to the lower concentration of Muslims per capita in the United States, Muhammad is not quite as prevalent but it is growing in usage (also thanks to Black Muslims).

Popularity of the Name Muhammad

The traditional spelling of Muhammad was first to enter the male naming charts in 1976. Most likely this was spurred on by the Nation of Islam and the Black Muslim movement within the African-American community. In 1964 Cassius Clay joined the Nation of Islam and had his name changed to Muhammad Ali by the movement’s leader Elijah Muhammad. Today, there are many forms of this name on the American male naming charts: Muhammad, Mohammad, Mohammed and Mohamed. In the United States, Mohamed is currently the most popular spelling of this “praiseworthy” name. The main thrust of influence for the name Muhammad comes from Muslims across this great melting pot of a nation which not only includes African-Americans, but also immigrants from the Arab world and South Asian countries. As the Muslim population grows in the United States, the usage of the name Muhammad increases right along with it. The name carries with it great honor and importance, similar to the Spanish-speaking population’s usage of Jesús.
Popularity of the Boy Name Muhammad
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Muhammad

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Muhammad

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Muhammad

    Muhammad We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Muhammad.

  • Popular Songs on Muhammad

    Popular Songs on Muhammad

    Muhammad - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Muhammad.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Muhammad

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Muhammad

    Marvelous Stories From the Life of Muhammad (Mardijah Aldrich Tarantino) - This book is a collection of eighteen lively, well-loved stories from the life of the Prophet Muhammad. They highlight the main stations of his life—from orphaned child to Prophet of God and beloved leader of all Muslims. The book includes twenty-three charming illustrations that offer a glimpse of the world in which the stories are set. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Muhammad (Demi) - Muhammad is the messenger of Islam. Born in Mecca in the year 570, Muhammad grew into a sensitive and thoughtful man who believed deeply in the worship of one true god. In his fortieth year, Muhammad experienced a revelation from the angel Gabriel that he, Muhammad, was the messenger of God. Over the next twenty-three years, he received many such revelations, all of which were written down by scribes at the time of revelation to become the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam, a religion that is practiced by nearly one-quarter of the world's population and holds as its most sacred tenet that there is no god but God. Through a clear text and stunning illustrations based upon those of traditional Islamic expression, the award-winning artist Demi here introduces the remarkable life of the Prophet Muhammad for young readers. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World (Jonah Winter & Francois Roca) - In the history of legendary boxers, there was Joe Louis and Sonny Liston…and then, “the heavens opened up, and there appeared a great man descending on a cloud, jump-roping into the Kingdom of Boxing. And he was called Cassius Clay.” Clay let everyone know that he was the greatest boxer in the world. He converted to the Nation of Islam, refused to be drafted into a war in which he didn’t believe, and boxed his way back to the top after being stripped of his title. The man that came to be known as Muhammad Ali was heard in a voice no one will ever forget. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Muhammad's Monday and the Letter M (Cynthia Fitterer Klingel & Robert B. Noyed) - Photos and illustrations provide visual cues for readers to learn about the letter "m" and the types of sounds it makes within words. Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Muhammad

    Famous People Named Muhammad

    Famous People Named Muhammad - Prophet Muhammad (Founder of Islam); Muhammad Ali (boxing legend)

  • Children of Famous People Named Muhammad

    Children of Famous People Named Muhammad

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Muhammad - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Muhammad.

  • Historic Figures

    Muhammad - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Muhammad (570-632) - Muḥammad ibn-‘Abd-Allāh ibn-‘Abd-al-Muttalib was born in Mecca (present day Saudi Arabia) in the latter half of the 6th century. His grandfather ‘Abd al-Muttalib was a prominent leader within Mecca’s most influential tribe overseeing the sacred Ka’bah, a shrine believed to have been erected by the Biblical Abraham and his son Ishmael over two thousand years before Muhammad’s birth. It is also the symbol of the destination of the Mecca pilgrimage. By the time Muhammad was a young boy of eight, he had lost his father, his mother and then his grandfather who had been his guardian. At this point, one of his uncles stepped in to care for the orphan, although the relative did not hold the same high position among his tribesmen. In his twenties, Muhammad married a wealthy widow 15 years his senior; they remained together for over 20 years until her death (and despite polygamy being a common practice in his time, Muhammad married no other woman during his first wife’s lifetime). They had four surviving daughters together (Fatima being the most esteemed). In his late thirties, Muhammad was drawn into contemplative life as he often meditated in a cave on Mount Hira. This is where the angel Gabriel first appeared to him stressing the importance of the Creator, God, and that Muhammad would be His Messenger. At first, he only told his wife and a few people he trusted but eventually the revelations became stronger and more detailed. Similar to Jesus’ beginnings, Muhammad’s first followers were primarily the poor and downtrodden, but eventually his flock grew. His dissenters only served to strengthen his resolve as he continued to preach the oneness of God amidst a pagan culture. Opposition continued to be fierce, and Allah warned Muhammad about an imminent assassination attempt. Muhammad and his followers fled to Medina. Against a hostile backdrop, Islam continued to gain widespread acceptance and belief in its monotheistic message of the equality of brotherhood under one God. The rest is, as they say, history.

    Muhammad Ali (17 Jan 1942 – Present) - Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) is an American icon, loved by some, hated by others, but hardly ever ignored. Born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay rose to fame by winning an Olympic Gold Medal for boxing in the 1960 Olympics and went on to even greater acclaim as a three-time World Heavyweight champion, making the game glamorous to a much wider audience than usual in the early to mid sixties. A handsome man, a powerful fighter, and a lyrical wit, he reached the masses with his good looks and quotable charm. Converting to Islam in 1964, after having been recruited by Malcolm X, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He was subsequently stripped of his title when he refused to fight in Vietnam, famously asserting: “I ain’t got no fight with them Viet Cong…” His conviction as a draft dodger was later overturned. Operating under the assertion that in the ring he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, Muhammad Ali maintained the title over such luminaries as Archie Moore, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Ken Norton and Joe Frazier. He was forced into retirement after the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. In his later years, Muhammad Ali has been a kind of elder statesman, giving time and money to various charities and causes. President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. His life story was made into a very successful movie called Ali in 2001, starring Will Smith, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role. Married four times, he is the father of nine children.

Personality of the Boy Name Muhammad

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Muhammad

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