Mohamed No. 3 baby name in Minn. city

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

'It's Islam stupid!' signEvidence of Minnesota’s ever-increasing Islamization was revealed with the publication of St. Cloud Hospital’s annual top 20 most popular baby names list for boys in 2017, which placed “Mohamed” as number three.

Even though the influx of Muslim refugees into Minnesota from the hotbed of Islamic terrorism in Somalia was no secret during the two terms of the pro-immigration Obama administration, the quick rise in popularity of the name Mohamed to the top of boys’ baby names in St. Cloud is shocking to many.

“The hospital has been publicizing its top baby names for boys and girls for as long as anyone can remember, but this is the first time the namesake of the Islamic prophet ended up in the top five,” WND reported.

Muslim mobilization

Here is a look at how the Islamic name Mohamed stacked up against other top baby rival names on St. Cloud Hospital’s top 10 listing for 2017:

  1. Henry
  2. Liam
  3. Mohamed
  4. Jack
  5. Nolan
  6. William
  7. Jackson
  8. Logan
  9. Wyatt
  10. Grayson

The climb of Mohamed in the past few years to rival other top Anglo names in the Midwestern town is quickly raising concerns about the area’s rapid intake of Muslim immigrants from Africa, which goes hand-in-hand with their accelerated birthrates.

“In fact, as recently as 2013, the hospital published a list of its ‘Top 20’ most popular baby names, and Mohamed was nowhere to be found,” WND’s Leo Hohmann explained. “But in 2015, the name Mohamed showed up for the first time, coming in at No. 6 on the list of boy’s names.”

But the rapid Islamization seen in St. Cloud and many other American towns did not start with former President Barack Obama – who many conservatives have criticized for being pro-Islam and soft on terrorism – as the trend began shortly after the infamous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, under former President George W. Bush.

“The vast majority of Muslims in Minnesota are refugees from Somalia, and the Somalis have large families,” Hohmann noted. “Just since 2002, the U.S. State Department – in cooperation with the United Nations – has distributed more than 54,000 Somali refugees into Minnesota cities and towns. Refugees qualify for full U.S. citizenship within five years of their arrival on U.S. soil, but the babies they birth are immediately granted citizenship.”

Europe maybe … but the U.S.?

With Islamic terrorist attacks becoming regular occurrences in Europe over the years, with its liberal refugee policies making Muslim no-go zones more and more prevalent in cities like London, England, and Paris, France, it comes as less of a surprise that Mohammed – a variant spelling of Mohamed – was London’s No. 1 name for baby boys last year … and it has been a top name there for more than a decade.

“The U.K.'s most popular baby names have been revealed in a new survey, with Muhammed and Amelia topping the charts for the capital,” Britain’s Daily Mail reported last year. “The Arabic name Muhammed came out as the most popular given to boys in culturally diverse London, and was second most popular nationwide.”

However, such a trend on American soil – in the heartland of the country – is less expected, but the numbers show that Mohamed’s fairly recent rise in popularity is no fluke.

“About 12 to 14 percent of St. Cloud’s total population of 67,000 is Somali,” Hohmann informed. “In fact, the St. Cloud Hospital has been struggling to keep up with heavy translator costs due to the large number of Somali men, women and children receiving medical attention. In 2010, the translation costs were about $400,000, but by fiscal 2017 those costs soared to $1.7 million. The city started getting large numbers of refugees in 2008, and 10 years later, the demographics of the city have been completely transformed.”

The Muslim takeover is not just contained in St. Cloud, as three counties – Benton, Stearns an Sherburne – are served by St. Cloud Hospital, and the sprawl has Ron Branstner and other area residents very concerned.

“These are big, big numbers – these numbers are huge!” Branstner exclaimed, according to WND. “I have complained about these translation costs at schools, medical facilities, courts and 911 center to our local councils to no avail.”

The Minnesotan has been tracking the popularity of Mohamed as a baby name for some time in the St. Cloud Times’ weekly birth announcements.

“It’s just one right after another, Somali, so it doesn’t surprise me,” Branstner shared. “One week, we had 96 babies born, and 48 of them were Somalis based on the names. You go through and count them in the births section, and there is just one after the other named Mohamed, or Abdi [Abdullah], or Ali.”

And even though Mohamed is just a fairly recent inductee to the top of St. Cloud’s list of baby names, the influx of Somali Muslims into the area has been going on for decades.

“The U.S. government has been resettling East African refugees into Minnesota for more than 30 years, starting in the late 1980s, bringing them from Somalia – a country in a perpetual state of civil war,” Hohmann explained.

Refugee Resettlement Watch’s Ann Corcoran says the trend is well-established.

“It’s been three decades of resettlements, so you have a whole generation now that’s been born there in Minnesota,” Corcoran stressed, according to WND, noting that the St. Cloud area is not alone after tracking refugees coming into the U.S. from around the globe.

In fact, Somali refugees have been appearing in large concentrations at various urban locales from coast to coast.

“But other large Somali communities have sprung up in Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Atlanta; Seattle; Fargo, North Dakota; and in Lewiston, Maine,” Hohmann noted. “St. Cloud has also received a significant amount of ‘secondary migration,’ meaning Somalis who were originally resettled elsewhere and then migrated to the city for jobs in the meatpacking industry or to be closer to family.”

Political and economic trends

Besides Minnesota’s Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) becoming the first Muslim to serve as a U.S. representative – he is also currently serving as the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) deputy chair – the political climate is changing in the Gopher State.

“The Somali community has become so strong politically that it controls one whole ward in Minneapolis with a seat held by a Somali politician,” Hohmann asserted. “And last year, the state elected its first Somali refugee to the State Legislature, Ilhan Omar.”

Chain migration and the flood of Muslims entering the meatpacking industry are both major factors that are continually reshaping St. Cloud’s demographics.

“The State Demographer’s Office estimates that there were between 40,200 and 52,400 Somalis in Minnesota as of January 2015,” Hohmann recounted. “Andi Egbert, assistant director of the state demographer’s office, acknowledged that their estimate is lower than others from the Somali community that have put the number as high as 80,000 Somalis living in Minnesota. The state Office of Refugee Resettlement says that about 34,800 refugees arrived in Minnesota between 2003-2014 alone. Of those, 1,306 came to Stearns County and 20 to Sherburne County.”

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