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post #21 of 57
I love Arabic names- my ds1 middle name is Hakeem. If ds2 was a girl his middle name was going to be Yasmeen.

Between my 3 kids, the names have Nigerian, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Anglo, Spanish, and Catholic Saint (Jude) origins.
post #22 of 57
My first and middle names are Arabic (I was raised Muslim, but am not Arab), and DH is half-Mexican ... we've chosen Inara for our daughter's name. It has several meanings, depending on what part of the world you're in. In Arabic it means "ray of illumination" - it is in the Qur'an meaning an illumination or lamp (as in, an insight from the heavens). Its root is the word "Nur" (light). Inara is a name that is had by people of latin, african, thai, and eastern european heritage.

Other names that are good compromises between Spanish and Arabic are: Omar, Sami, Salma, Zobeida (one of my Cuban cousins is married to a woman named Zobeida), Zahra, Zaida, Marya/Mariah, Alej(andro)/Ali, Dalila, Sara, Sofia (of course!), and there are many more ....
post #23 of 57
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Speaking of male (after the dad) middle names, I have it too. It doesn't really bother me but it is a hot topic for small talk.
I have this to... I don't like my first name much... sometimes I wish I had middle name to default to.

btw... I love the name sufiyan for a boy.
post #24 of 57
DH is Palestinian and I'm American/Puerto Rican.

We went back and forth on DD's name for a while. We came up with an Arabic influenced first name of Lyela (pronounced Lye - la, not Layla) and the middle name I always wanted for a DD Serendipity.

For DS, I let DH give his first name as the middle name. But only for our first son, not any others. For his first name, Yuri, DH thinks he named him after the singer Yuri Mrkadi, but I only agreed because Yuri is Russian for George after DH's dad and my grandpa.
post #25 of 57
I have:
Zaker (dad's name, grandfather's name, last name)

and
Sophia (dad's name, grandfather's name, last name)

New baby is likely to be Zahir (dad's name, grandfather's name, last name)


Dh wanted to do all Z's at one time because in his family, that's what they do, everyone has a letter.
However, I was EXTREMELY attached to "Sophia" and I let him name his first son, and I compromised on not giving my daughter my grandmother's name as a middle name because he said it can't go on any legal stuff in his country, they wouldn't recognize it or something.

and besides that, I didn't flat out say this, but I really do NOT like sticking with one letter, I think it's stupid and takes away some individuality for the kids. I think it's plenty that I've already given in to giving them all the same middle names per his culture.
post #26 of 57
hey.... i'll play this one!! i am of irish and german descent and dh is egyptian. our first dd is gehan alexandra (pronounced jee-han).... you can see who one the debate on the middle name for her!! our second dd is selma mahmoud (dh won this time!) and our ds is noah mahmoud (pronounced nuh by his arabic family and no-ah by his english speaking family). it was important to both of us that our children's names fit in both cultures and be pronouncable to everyone. i enjoyed reading all the beautiful names...

peace

jen
post #27 of 57
One of my first loves, great loves was Syrian.

His name was Kamil Jardone Alachi. I loved his name, but his father's name made me swoon. Elias. I would love to have a son named Elias. Both because I loved his dad almost more than I loved him, and I thought the name was beautiful.

They are Catholic Arabs, does that count as an Arabic based?
post #28 of 57
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They are Catholic Arabs, does that count as an Arabic based?
Yup!

My DH is a Lebanese Greek Catholic. Definitely an Arab!

We could not settle on a boy's name for DS, who was born in France. We had such a hard time. The French are very racist towards Middle Eastern males, so we needed a name that was neutral.

In the end, we followed the convention that the first son's first son is named after his paternal grandfather. (DH isn't the first son, but his older brother will NOT be having children). DS' middle name is my father's name.

Luckily, my FIL's name is a traditional (if old-fashioned) Christian name that works in France, the US and Lebanon.

I love the name Elias, too, but that is DH's uncle's name, and his sons have first dibs on it in the family!
post #29 of 57
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They are Catholic Arabs, does that count as an Arabic based?
Everything counts! I titled the thread "Arabic-influenced" for that very reason.

I'm loving all these names. Everyone's so creative with cultural compromises and have come up with such beautiful names.

Keep them coming...
post #30 of 57


I'm Lebanese, DH is Cuban.
DD is Saidy Caroline.
Saidy after my grandmother, and Caroline after his, whose real name is Carola.
post #31 of 57
My DD is named Iman (pronounced 'E-Maan', meaning "Faith"). We left out the middle name on the birth certificate because i (also) didn't like the concept of putting Mohamed (DH) for a girl's middle name. I'm a little less stubborn now, so I think next time, either way, I will put Mohamed for the middle name.

I love hearing all the name suggestions...some I never considered!!!:
post #32 of 57
wow, I am glad to have found all of us here married to arabs. I am american, married to an Egyptian. I need serious advice on a girls name. I like to have something transferable and pronouncable in both languages and cultures, but DH, not so much. He doesn't seem to mind if the name is impossible to pronounce/ sounds bad in english. But I am not having much luck coming up with names he likes. So far he suggested yasmine which I think is alright, but am not extremely excited about. The other names he likes would be very hard for me to agree with. The names I like for girls are: jannah, sadiya, sanaa, amaya.

For boys I would like names that are english sounding but still Islamic. Any suggestions?

Yes, we also have his first name as a middle name for our daughter. This doesn't bother me at all since middle names are hardly ever used for much in america and it will make the paper work easier in Egypt.
post #33 of 57
I'm an American(mostly Irish) married to a Lebanese man. My husband's family is Catholic though, not Muslim and like most of my family they all have saint's names, so our son is Patrick and my husband's name is Daniel. I got to have an Irish name which made me really happy, it didn't matter to his family as long as it was a saints name.
It's really neat seeing this thread with lots of other women married to Middle Eastern men, most of the time I'm the only one.
post #34 of 57
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I like to have something transferable and pronouncable in both languages and cultures, but DH, not so much. He doesn't seem to mind if the name is impossible to pronounce/ sounds bad in english. But I am not having much luck coming up with names he likes. So far he suggested yasmine which I think is alright, but am not extremely excited about. The other names he likes would be very hard for me to agree with. The names I like for girls are: jannah, sadiya, sanaa, amaya.
Nadia, Ida, Amani, Hanna, Rihanna, Laila, Mariam, Farah (if one doesn't mind the Fawcett factor), Amira, Kamilah, Mona, Sarah, Zahra ..... I'm running out of names that Americans can pronounce here. Oh, and Suzanne! Though admittedly not the most popular by way of association these days. I mean, you're not exactly seeing a lot of newborn Egyptian boys called Hosni, either ...

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For boys I would like names that are english sounding but still Islamic. Any suggestions?
Adam would be the obvious choice, but I'm guessing you know that. Yusef maybe? If my daughter had been a boy that would have been the name I'd have chosen, and it was both well received in the U.S. and most people I know got the Joseph connection out of it.

Good luck.
post #35 of 57
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wow, I am glad to have found all of us here married to arabs. I am american, married to an Egyptian. I need serious advice on a girls name. I like to have something transferable and pronouncable in both languages and cultures, but DH, not so much. He doesn't seem to mind if the name is impossible to pronounce/ sounds bad in english. But I am not having much luck coming up with names he likes. So far he suggested yasmine which I think is alright, but am not extremely excited about. The other names he likes would be very hard for me to agree with. The names I like for girls are: jannah, sadiya, sanaa, amaya.

For boys I would like names that are english sounding but still Islamic. Any suggestions?

Yes, we also have his first name as a middle name for our daughter. This doesn't bother me at all since middle names are hardly ever used for much in america and it will make the paper work easier in Egypt.
I vote Jannah Yusuf for a boy, it's what I think I'll name the next baby if it's a boy. I'm African American and DH is Albanian. We go with Arabic names, we haven't considered if it will be difficult to pronounce or not. Our DC attend Muslim school, so no problems there. Also, we go with what we like. For instance our girls are Suhaylah and Saniyyah. People almost always pronounce the names wrong, but we just correct them. Forget about my DH last name, they misspell it and torture it.
BTW, I also like the names Maisah and Sofia for girls.
post #36 of 57
my name is arabic. im really not pleased with its overuse as of late though.

on mexican names, i really really wanted to name my first dd, ixta(eeks ta) ive also seen it spelt yxta. maybe the next one will be my ixta.
post #37 of 57
Chimomma... 'm American married to an Egyptian as well.

Let's see for Girl names... Dahlia, Dina, Sara, Nadia, Amina, Mariam... those are all Arabic girl names that translate well. I do like Jannah too... you could spell it Janna.

For Boy names.... Adam, Sami (Sammy), Ali,etc. I know a few Mammas who use the English version of the name in America... so Charles, David, etc.... and then the Arabic version in Egypt (Yusuf, Dawud, etc.)

I also think Barack will probably become quite popular.
post #38 of 57
I am half Mexican-American, Half German. My husband is Lebanese.
Our son is named Nour-Antonio. If I had I daugher we'd name her Miryam- Selena.
Unfortunately many people think Nour is only a girls' name, I guess because of Queen Nour,so about 2 years ago he switched and started using only Antonio.
My husband is okay with this.

Yes,There are many Lebanese and Arabs in General, living in Latin American and for the most part they have integrated into the society.
Salma Hayak is half Lebanese, so is Shakira, Gloria Estaban's Husband Emilio is also Lebanese to name a few
Boobybunny,anyone who speaks Arabic as their first language is technically an Arab. There are Muslim,Christian,Jewish,Zoroastrian Arabs.
Other girls names that are popular with Arabs at the moment are Lucy,Sofia,Nelly,Carla,Randa,Dina,Sonia...names that Hispanics could use as well.
post #39 of 57
Fun! My name is Arabic, Salihah, but my mom's name is Rosita which is both a German AND Spanish name.

Nour can be a boy or girl's name, but it is usually male because female is usually Nourah...so that is goofy people want to think of it as a girl name! Nour is light, beautiful!
post #40 of 57
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Originally Posted by chimomma View Post
wow, I am glad to have found all of us here married to arabs. I am american, married to an Egyptian. I need serious advice on a girls name. I like to have something transferable and pronouncable in both languages and cultures, but DH, not so much. He doesn't seem to mind if the name is impossible to pronounce/ sounds bad in english. But I am not having much luck coming up with names he likes. So far he suggested yasmine which I think is alright, but am not extremely excited about. The other names he likes would be very hard for me to agree with. The names I like for girls are: jannah, sadiya, sanaa, amaya.

For boys I would like names that are english sounding but still Islamic. Any suggestions?

Yes, we also have his first name as a middle name for our daughter. This doesn't bother me at all since middle names are hardly ever used for much in america and it will make the paper work easier in Egypt.

Sherrine, Dina, Leyla, Maya, Hanna, Nina, Sausan, Sara, I'll keep thinking. I think girls' names are easy. We had a tough time with boys.

Choices we considered for boys: Samer, Samir, Sami, Rayan, Ziad, Dany, Zain.
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