The name Mohammed first appeared in the top 100 names for boys back in the 1920s and continues to dominate in east London – although spelt differently.

More than 150 boys in Redbridge and Waltham Forest were named “Muhammad” which continues to be one of the most popular names in the country.

But for girls, parents preferred Sofia and Olivia – a sentiment shared with families across the nation.

Using birth registration data, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a list of the most common first names for babies in England and Wales.

The findings from 2018 reveal Oliver remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the sixth year in a row, while Olivia remained the most popular name for girls for the third year in a row.

Less than half (45 per cent) of babies had a name within the top 100 lists in 2018, down from two thirds (67 per cent) in 1996.

Mothers aged 35 years and over tended to prefer more traditional names, and mothers aged under 25 years were more likely to choose more non-traditional, shortened or hyphenated names - ONS found.

Nick Stripe, head of life events at the ONS, said: “Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2018, although there are the first signs that Oliver’s six-year reign as the number one name for boys is under threat.

“Arthur surged into the top ten boys’ names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls’ top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders.

“On the flipside, the growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017. Communicating with young children can be hard enough at the best of times.”