Britain's Mo Farah strikes his signature “mobot” pose. In 1881, there were only five Farahs in the UK, by 2011, there were 1,502, almost all thought to be of Muslim origin, for whom the name is based on the Arabic for joy, happiness and delight. Picture: AFP

Oxford's new dictionary of UK, Irish family names

Stories behind almost 50,000 family names the result of four years of exhaustive research

TOP PICKS

Britain's Mo Farah strikes his signature “mobot” pose. In 1881, there were only five Farahs in the UK, by 2011, there were 1,502, almost all thought to be of Muslim origin, for whom the name is based on the Arabic for joy, happiness and delight. Picture: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE