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Bremen, Germany: For the first time, the name Muhammad is the most popular for newborn boys

For the first time, an Arabic name has won first place in the rankings of the most popular first names given to newborns in a German state, specifically in Bremen. In 2017, Muhammad and Leon were the two most frequently given names in the state, according to the government-sponsored Association for the German Language (GfdS).

Alexander came in third place. For newborn girls, however, the rankings have not changed: as in 2016, Sophie, Marie, and Sophia were the three most popular names in 2017.

“We suspect it has to do with immigration,” Frauke Rüdebusch, a GfdS spokeswoman, told the newspaper Weser-Kurier. “There is more immigration in the big cities than in the rural areas.” She added that the fact that the city of Bremen is a state in itself has to be taken into account, since Germany’s other cities have their statistics combined with those of the state as a whole.

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