It is estimated that there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, making up about 23% of the world’s population. Muhammad is the most common name in the world, followed by Ahmed and Ali.
There are many different spellings of Muhammad, including Mohamed, Mohammad, and Muhammed. The name comes from the Arabic root “m-h-m-d”, which means “praiseworthy”. Muhammad is also a commonly given name in other languages and cultures, such as Turkish (Mustafa), Persian (Mohammad), Swahili (Muhammad), Urdu (Mahmood), Indonesian (Muhammad), Malay (Muhammad), and Somali (Muhammed).
The name Muhammad is so common that it is estimated that there are over 150 million men and boys with the name worldwide. In some Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, the name Muhammad is so common that it is sometimes used as a general name for all men, regardless of whether they are Muslim or not.
The origin of the name Muhammad?
Muhammad is the primary transliteration of the Arabic was given name محمد which comes from the passive participle of the Arabic verb ḥammada (حَمَّدَ), praise, which comes from the triconsonantal Semitic root ح م د. The word can therefore be translated as “praised, commendable, laudable”. The feminine form of the name is Muḥammadah.
The origin of the name Muhammad has been a matter of much speculation. Etymologists have suggested a number of possible origins for the name. One suggestion is that it is derived from the Arabic verb ḥammada (حَمَّدَ), praise, which comes from the triconsonantal Semitic root ح م د. Another possibility is that it is a corruption of the Aramaic word מַהֲמָדָא (mahamada), meaning “worthy of praise”. A further suggestion is that it may be derived from the Arabic verb hamida (أَحْمِدَ), meaning “to praise”.
The name Muhammad has been found in a number of inscriptions dating back to the 8th century CE. It has also been found in pre-Islamic poetry and was borne by a number of pre-Islamic prophets and leaders, such as Muhammad ibn Juraij, Muhammad ibn al-Dahhak, and Muhammad ibn Zayd.
The name was first used by the Muslim community after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It rapidly became the most popular name in the world, being borne by millions of men across the globe.