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.
Originally Posted by boobybunny
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!