The overwhelming "elephant in the room" is that:
In many/most mulsim countries, the "first name" Mohammed is not a "first name". It is a type of honorific.
i.e. quite simply males get "Mohammed" as a sort of first name, and then their actual name follows.
(Rather as in "Mac-Surname", we notice that "every!" compound surname has "Mac" as the first surname.)
It's totally remarkable that this hasn't been mentioned.
It's also remarkable that the many media articles which rabbit on about the various spellings of Mohammed (which is an irrelevant, obvious, uninteresting issue) don't mention this, the main issue.
If you have never before heard of this everyday, ubiquitous, naming tradition in Muslim lands, some articles ...
"He explains that the name is symbolically included as a first name, but it is not used in the way a Christian name would be – in Pakistan, for instance, a second name is often used as a “given” name."
Muhammad: the truth about Britain’s most misunderstood name
"In some Muslim countries, almost all males take a religious name, either Mohammed or one of the prophet's other names, Ahmed, Mahmoud, or Mustafa. Out of reverence for the prophet and also out of practicality, men and boys named Mohammed often go by another first name instead. In Egypt, the ubiquity of these compound names caused a major administrative problem in the mid-20th century,..."
When Can Muslims Use the Name Mohammed?
"This is not a title like 'Mr.' nor is a first name as western people understand..."
"Md. stands for Muhammad or Mohammed. Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims (male) use Md., the shorter form of Muhammad, before their names. This is not a title like 'Mr.' nor is a first name as western people understand. Although Md. is part of one's name, people never call anyone by this name. For example..."
English term or phrase: Md. NAME SURNAME
(from the leading professional translation technical talk site)
Note that the "political thrust" of the observation seems to be simply "there are very many Muslim people in the UK now". That is probably correct in whatever relative terms are meant. But the observation
- "everyone is named Mohammed!"
would be as naive as pointing out that
- "Everyone in Scotland and Eireland has the surname Mac-!"
- "All these professors have an honorific PhD!"
- "In Japan they accidentally have their first and last names reversed!"
- "In Iceland everyone's surname is dottir!"
It's a (trivial) misunderstanding of the structure of naming concepts.