Arabic yet 'English sounding' boys names

(37 Posts)
quitcomplaining Sat 05-May-12 08:34:25

Just found out dc2 is a boy.

My partner is of north African decent and very loosely follows Islam.

Basically he wants an 'English sounding' name as much as I do as he is English born and bred. However he does want to give our children names recognised under Islam.

So far we have Zachary and Noah on our very small shortlist. Does anyone have any others we could use? (aside from Adam, that's been vetoed!)


Japple Mon 08-Oct-12 18:05:40

-These are Arabic.Jill

forevergreek Mon 08-Oct-12 20:16:48

Iv never heard raif meaning wolf in German btw ..

But it's a great name!
What about Ali ?

Teamthrills Mon 08-Oct-12 20:56:16

I was going to say Adam...


bradbourne Mon 08-Oct-12 22:16:34



CreamOfTomatoSoup Tue 09-Oct-12 20:32:04

David is a prophet in Islam.

Joshua is another form of Jesus who is also an Islamic prophet.

Hoti Tue 09-Oct-12 21:24:33

A lot of the names suggested are slightly different in English and Arabic. Isaac is Ishaq, Noah is Nuh, Abraham is Ibrahim, Solomon is Sulyiman. I also didn't know that Zachary was Arabic, have heard Zakinthos, Zakir, Zakiriyya.

sashh Wed 10-Oct-12 06:41:16

Samil - shortened to Sam for every day.

What's wrong with Adam? It ticks all boxes.

chipsandmushypeas Wed 10-Oct-12 09:47:52

I like Karim

DoIgetastickerforthat Wed 10-Oct-12 09:57:58

We have the same cultural mix and would throw my vote in for Faris. I'm biased because I have one but I've always had really positive comments from my British friends and family.

Also, how about Malik or Idris? Both easily pronounceable and 'known' (Idris Elba, Art Malik).

exairhostess Thu 24-Oct-13 16:04:06

My suggestions would be:

Yousef (Joseph)
Isa (Jesus)

happyGOmerry Mon 26-Jan-15 17:32:16

- Asiel for a boy, Pronounced a-Scil with an emphasis on the S, in Arabic it means Original or of known origin. In hebrew its a combined word: Asa would mean to do and El an abbreviation of Elohim meaning God, the name in hebrew means God Has made or created of God.

- Dani is a name fairly common in Saudi arabia, and sounds fairly english.

- Jacob, which in German is pronounced Yaqob and sounds exactly like the Arabic pronunciation Yaqoob also a prophet.

- Rais, pronounced Ra-iese in arabic means Chief or leader.

- Yunus, pronounced U-nes, which is the arabic form of Jonah.

- Yusef, pronounced U-sef, which is the arabic form of Joseph.

-Zayn, which in arabic means, beauty and grace.

- Zaki, means pure in arabic, however, Egyptians pronounce the word Smart the same way, so its a 2 in 1 package ;)

- Zakaria or Zacharia, which in hebrew means God remembers, fairly common among muslims as well.

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