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post #41 of 57
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Originally Posted by jalilah View Post
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.
Oh, you've forgotten two of my favorite Lebanese-transplants: Kasey Kasem, Bill Maher (I think he's second or third-generation, though). Also, I found out recently that many Latin Americans with the last name "Guerra" were originally Arabs with the last name "Harb."
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Oh, you've forgotten two of my favorite Lebanese-transplants: Kasey Kasem, Bill Maher (I think he's second or third-generation, though). Also, I found out recently that many Latin Americans with the last name "Guerra" were originally Arabs with the last name "Harb."
Wow, I never knew that Bill Maher was Lebanese-American. Kasey Kasem I knew about.

I also didn't know Carla was becoming popular as an Arabic baby name. Kewl.
post #43 of 57
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Wow, I never knew that Bill Maher was Lebanese-American.
I just found out he's not. Apparently, Maher is also an Irish last name. Who knew? He does have a Hungarian Jewish mother, but that doesn't make him Arab!
post #44 of 57
We chose Anisa Ismail. Anisa is after my mother in law ans Ismail is DH's first name.
My family wasnt happy about the middle name, but I like the tradition.
She is Palestinian/American.
Our next girl wil be Maryam Ismail and boy will be Ibrahim Ismail, inshAllah.
post #45 of 57
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We chose Anisa Ismail. Anisa is after my mother in law ans Ismail is DH's first name.
My family wasnt happy about the middle name, but I like the tradition.
Seriously, what's the big deal with the father's name for middle name? My family had to adjust to it too. It's not like ppl walk around calling each other by their first and middle name.
post #46 of 57
I'm having baby number 4 and I have no Arabic influence at all but have been really digging the names. Our girl middle name is Sadiya. We havent totally picked the boys name yet but I have a whole list of Arabic ones! Just saw this thread and it stuck out to me because I was just telling DF today how much I love Arabic names..
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Seriously, what's the big deal with the father's name for middle name? My family had to adjust to it too. It's not like ppl walk around calling each other by their first and middle name.
I dunno... I dislike having my fathers name as a middle name. (don't tell him!) I don't quite like my first name either-- (not the origin, but it's clunky sounding, and it's not quite clear that it's a girls name either). Maybe that's why I wish I had more of a girly middle name.

I've asked DH if, when we have kids, they could have my maiden name as a middle name, but that didn't go over very well at all.
post #48 of 57
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Seriously, what's the big deal with the father's name for middle name? My family had to adjust to it too. It's not like ppl walk around calling each other by their first and middle name.
Have to admit, I hate it that all of our kids have DH's name as their middle name. I'd much rather they all have unique middle names... and I especially wish our daughter had a girly name.
post #49 of 57
Just curious, in our culture, the wife would also change her middle name to her husband's middle name. Is it the same in arab cultures?
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Just curious, in our culture, the wife would also change her middle name to her husband's middle name. Is it the same in arab cultures?
I did not. In DH's culture (Egyptian)... at least among the Muslims I know, women keep their own names/identities upon marriage.
post #51 of 57
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I dunno... I dislike having my fathers name as a middle name. (don't tell him!) I don't quite like my first name either-- (not the origin, but it's clunky sounding, and it's not quite clear that it's a girls name either). Maybe that's why I wish I had more of a girly middle name.
Upon marriage, I changed my girly middle name (Katherine) to my maiden name (Johnson) because I couldn't stand it! On the other hand, I love having my fathers name included.

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Have to admit, I hate it that all of our kids have DH's name as their middle name. I'd much rather they all have unique middle names... and I especially wish our daughter had a girly name.
That's sorta why I left the middle name space on DD's BC blank. I wanted it to be her thing. Of course in DH's country his name will be automatic, but I couldn't bring myself to include it.
post #52 of 57
Hi everyone, I'm back to MDC after a long absence and I'm loving this thread! I'm American Muslim married to a Syrian man.

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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?
LOL, my dh (Syrian, Muslim, and professor of Arabic) would freak out if he read that! Arabs are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druze, Alawite, Zoroastrian, and many other things! Many ppl mistakenly believe that Arab=Muslim but actually among the greatest classical scholars of the Arabic language were non-Muslim Arabs and Muslim non-Arabs. One of his closest colleagues is a Catholic priest from Iraq.

For a boy, how about Zakariya, Ameer, Amer, Tariq (I have seen a lot of non-Arab kids named Tarek, not sure why?), any Biblical name that is easy to pronounce and has a translation like Eesa=Jesus, Yusuf=Joseph.

If you have both Spanish-speaking and Arabic-speaking ancestry, there should be many crossover names (Omar is a big one) since there are literally thousands of words in Spanish of Arabic origin, due to the Arab occupation of Spain.

In Arab culture and as is supposed to be the orthodox Muslim way (which not everyone follows) women are not supposed to change their names upon marriage because it implies you're changing your geneaology. Everyone is supposed to keep their natural father's name, even in the case of adoption.

Although Arabs usually do "father's name as middle name" my dh had a unique middle name. In many countries, they name all their boys Mohammad or Ali and then give a middle name to serve as their "real" name. We didn't do either, we gave two unique names, each to convey a different meaning that was important to us.

Wow, it's nice to see so many Americans married to Arabs here! :
post #53 of 57
OMG, I just realized, how can we forget our now most famous Arabic-named American?

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

Barakah means "blessing" in Arabic. I suspect Barack is a version of the word taken from Nigeria (what do they speak in Nigeria, Swahili maybe?) and of course Hussein is one of the grandsons of the Prophet Mohammad, but that's not his father's name. Does anyone know if that could be his grandfather's name?

We were joking that we took away a President Hussein from one country and then got our own instead! LOL!
post #54 of 57
My Egyptian friend has a Leila. I also know a family with Kamilah, Abdul Rahim, and Aliyyah.
post #55 of 57
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Originally Posted by UmmZaynab View Post
OMG, I just realized, how can we forget our now most famous Arabic-named American?

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

Barakah means "blessing" in Arabic. I suspect Barack is a version of the word taken from Nigeria (what do they speak in Nigeria, Swahili maybe?) and of course Hussein is one of the grandsons of the Prophet Mohammad, but that's not his father's name. Does anyone know if that could be his grandfather's name?

We were joking that we took away a President Hussein from one country and then got our own instead! LOL!
Yes, it's his grandfather's name. His grandfather's name was Hussein Onyango Obama.
post #56 of 57
Dd is Maryam, after my bff growing up, who is from Iran. I love her name (except everyone assumes it's Miriam).
post #57 of 57
Very cool thread!

My DD's name is Amina Sunshine. Amina because I was learning Arabic when she was born and loved the meaning, and Sunshine after my best friend's middle name. Not that Amina is hard to pronounce, but we often call her Amy for short. Maybe when she's older she'll grow into Amina We are expecting #2 now, probably a boy, so I am looking for Muslim names that are easy to pronounce for Americans, or that shorten to something easy. Any ideas?
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