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... so I'll apologise in advance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
My husband and I are pretty bent on finding a name for our child that people don't have a lot of trouble pronouncing in either of our native countries. Since we settled on an English name if it's a girl (Susan, after my mother, and conveniently darn close to the name of the first lady of Egypt), we'd like to decide on an Arabic name for a boy. Here's the names mentioned that I can remember off the top of my head:<br><br>
Ziad (husband's current favorite, though that changes practically by day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br>
Bilal<br>
Yaseen<br>
Yusef<br>
Yacoub<br>
Idrees<br>
Ahmed<br>
Abdur-Rahman<br>
Abdan-Noor<br>
Ta Ha (though my father voiced the opinion that a kid named Ta Ha in the U.S. would get beaten up for his milk money)<br><br>
Feel free to make love/hate comments, but what I really want to know is if any give you a "not quite sure if I'm saying it right" feeling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Not sure if I am saying it right:<br>
Idress<br>
Ta Ha<br>
Yacoub<br>
Abdur<br><br><br>
Makes me think of Osama Bin Laden:<br>
Bilal<br><br>
I like:<br>
Ahmed<br>
Rahman<br>
Ziad-ok<br><br>
And I like Amir too FWIW.
 

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I'm with your dh's current fav, Ziad - I actually like it any way I pronounce it. To someone from the US, it doesn't sound "common" Arabic. It sounds very strong - what does it mean in Arabic???
 

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What do you guys think of the name "Reza"? We used to know a guy called that and I've always thought it's a beautiful-sounding arabic name...and easy to pronounce in English, too!<br><br>
and it means "agreement" which is always nice when trying to settle on a name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
otherwise, based on your list...I also like you're dh's 1st choice.<br><br>
good luck.
 

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I like Yusef. I guess I would be thinking of names that he could easily change if he really didn't like it -- not something I would have thought about, actually, except that dh's brother is named "Julian". He liked it fine when they lived in Canada, but then they moved to Belgium (the French part), and apparently, there is no masculine equivalent to "Julian" in French, so he was teased for having a girl's name. He switched it to his middle name, and still goes by that today. So with our kids, while they have unusual first names (Darwin, Solomon, Miriam) their middle names are more run-of-the-mill (Peter, Gregory, Louise), so they have that option if they prefer. Not only do I like the sound of Yusef the best of all those names, he could easily go by Joseph, if he preferred.<br><br>
Not that I'm trying to be a downer -- I do like unusual names! -- just speaking from our experience. (And it's not because it's an Arabic name that I think he might want to change it, just to be clear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> it's really just based on knowing that my bil had a hard enough time with his name that he changed it.)
 

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I think all of them are pretty easy to pronounce, but I like Yusef and Balil best. I also had a similar problem with naming our baby--my parents are Korean so I wanted to name it something that was easy for them to pronounce.
 

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Ziad - my #1 too<br>
Bilal - not a fan<br>
Yaseen - I like it, but it looks close to the girl name Yasmeen/Yasmine<br>
Yusef - I like it, and he could go by Joseph in English if he wanted to<br>
Yacoub - I like it, and you can say Jacob in English, if he wanted to<br>
Idrees - not sure how to pronounce it<br>
Ahmed - I like this, I know an Ahmed and he's a doll<br>
Abdur-Rahman - not a fan of the hyphenation<br>
Abdan-Noor -not a fan of the hyphenation<br>
Ta Ha - not a name to me<br><br>
We picked a name for our ds that has "equivalents" in the other languages we speak. But I think with Ziad, it will stand on its own in English or Arabic.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Congratulations!!!
 

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I like ziad and yusef. I love z names.
 

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I was engaged to an Ahmed for 3 blissful years... I love the name! He was a total sweetie and handsome, too. (Too bad his mama didn't like white girls)<br><br>
Plus, that name is spelled just like it sounds so he didn't seem to have to correct it much even in the midwest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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These are easy for me to pronounce, and I like them:<br><br>
Ziad<br>
Yaseen<br>
Yusef<br>
Ahmed<br><br>
I don't care for hyphenated names, but if you broke them down, they'd be good.
 

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I went to school with a Ziad. We all called him "Z". That's my favorite probably because it's the one I'm most familiar with and I hold him in such high regards.
 

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Sadly, I have to agree. That might be kinda rough. You have other great ones to choose from, anyway. Personally I wouldn't go with Ahmed because it's too common, even in America!<br><br>
Idrees and Ziad are my fave--though I must admit I am not sure how to pronounce the first one. I <i>really</i> don't like Bilal, but that's cause the only person I've ever known named that was a jerk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I like Idrees. Do you pronounce the I short i like in "bid" or like a long e, like E-drees? What does the name mean, just wondering?
 

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I really like Ziad.
 

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Ziad - NQSIISIR feeling.... zee-add?<br>
Bilal - that same feeling.... bill-ell?<br>
Yaseen - emphasis on 1st or 2nd syllable? yuh-SEEN?<br>
Yusef - emphasis? you-SEF?<br>
Yacoub - is the b silent?<br>
Idrees - this seems feminine to me<br>
Ahmed - I keep wanting to put a c or k after the A...<br>
Abdur-Rahman - think I'd avoid hyphenation<br>
Abdan-Noor - ditto<br>
Ta Ha (though my father voiced the opinion that a kid named Ta Ha in the U.S. would get beaten up for his milk money) - I agree with your father!!!!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Someone mentioned Amir? I like that; does it fall into your qualifications? From your list, I think I like Ahmed the best, but just because I think I'd have the best chance of pronouncing it right.
 

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i love these names but Idrees and Ziad sound strong and full of integrity to me!<br><br>
Ziad - #2<br>
Bilal - not sure how to pronounce<br>
Yaseen - sounds a bit like "Jasmine"<br>
Yusef - beautiful<br>
Yacoub - same as Yusef<br>
Idrees - LOVE it! #1<br>
Ahmed - same as Yusef/Yacoub<br>
Abdur-Rahman - reminds me of top ramen noodles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
Abdan-Noor - theres something about this name i really like<br>
Ta Ha - as in TA DA?
 

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I hope it is OK that I also suggest other Arabic names that are easily pronounced:<br><br>
AZHAR - "shining, bright"<br>
FARIS - "knight"<br>
HAMID - "praised"<br>
HARITH - "good provider"<br>
ILYAS - Arabic form of ELIJAH<br>
JAFAR - "stream"<br>
JAVED - Derived from Persian jawid meaning "eternal".<br>
KHALIL- "friend"<br>
MALIK- "king"<br>
MAZIN - "rain clouds"<br>
ZAHIR - "shining, radiant, blossoming".<br>
ZAKI - "pure"<br>
ZAYN - "beauty, grace"<br><br>
Hope it helps. Is DH Arabic?
 
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