English sounding Muslim Girls Names???? Plz help :-)

(103 Posts)
yasmin85 Sun 19-Feb-12 02:03:51

Please share some english sounding muslim names. We would like something that is easily pronounced but is still muslim or arabic origin. Many thanks.

Selks Sun 19-Feb-12 02:06:55

Sara? I'm sure I've come across that as a Muslim name before.

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:07:33


it means felicity. x

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:08:55

Aliyah - sublime

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:10:08

Deena - pious

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:11:06

Farah - happiness

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:12:59

layla - nighttime

HolyNoSheDittantBatman Sun 19-Feb-12 02:13:48


these would all be easily pronounced in English, but I think are of arabic/islamic origin

salvadory Sun 19-Feb-12 02:14:51

Henna? Sabina? Sufia (sofia?) mirium sp?, saira, leila?

mybrainsthinkingfuckyouagain Sun 19-Feb-12 02:17:19

Yasmeen - jasmine

i also like shakira or tahani as a middle name

McTemp Sun 19-Feb-12 02:30:15


dandelionss Sun 19-Feb-12 12:26:14

In the book 'not without my daughter', the little girl is called 'Maryam' which i think is very pretty and sounds western

Panamfan Sun 19-Feb-12 14:02:41


Ecgwynn Sun 19-Feb-12 15:09:52


camarelia Sun 19-Feb-12 15:19:36

Afia is lovely, and people will know it as there was a character with the name on Eastenders. Actually, thinking of Eastenders, Amira is lovely too!

Selks Sun 19-Feb-12 15:20:31



tardisjumper Sun 19-Feb-12 15:30:11

I'm a Hannah. Not a muslim though.

But it is a good one for integration. Its common among the jewish and muslim as well as christian and secular communities and its vv common in eastern europe. Americans are v keen on it too (my Dad is american).

Alligatorpie Sun 19-Feb-12 18:20:00

Norah, Malika, Mariam, Lelia, Janna, Zeina. These are the names of all the girls in my class ( I teach in Egypt) and I thnk they are all quite beautiful.

HintofBream Sun 19-Feb-12 18:55:54

Emel = Hope, aspiration

Clawdy Sun 19-Feb-12 21:11:26

Saira (pronounced Syra ). Ayesha. Annika.

Ecgwynn Sun 19-Feb-12 21:38:51


NotYetEverything Sun 19-Feb-12 21:41:46


RowenaRavenclaw Sun 19-Feb-12 22:34:49

Rubecca. Fatima. Aisha. Zara.

Clawdy Mon 20-Feb-12 10:45:15

Well,Fatima certainly doesn't sound English....

pranma Mon 20-Feb-12 10:48:37

My dgd is Serra she is Turkish friends include Lara, Selen and Deniz which is a bit like Denise. All these girls are Muslim.

RabidEchidna Mon 20-Feb-12 10:59:46


Stellan Mon 20-Feb-12 11:33:14

I've had Muslim friends named Sadia (which did not rhyme with Sadie but was more like SAR-dee-uh), Ayesha, Amina, Sameera, Reem, Rania, Nasreen, Haleema, Nadia, Zeinab and Maryam. I think Maryam is an especially pretty name. Names like Noor, Layla, Hannah, Sara, Jennah, Amira, Samira, Yasmin, Sophia, Safiyyah, Zara, Samina, Hamdah and Rania might also work well.

Littlecherublegs Mon 20-Feb-12 13:05:32


CousinCairngormMcWomble Mon 20-Feb-12 16:27:34


oikopolis Mon 20-Feb-12 18:50:27

Shireen/Shirin is popular as a crossover name in some circles. I think it means "sweetness".

tunaday Mon 20-Feb-12 20:16:58

I'm Sarah (not Muslim). I worked in a primary school in a very Asian part of Leeds and whenever any of the girls' asked what my first name was, they all seemed very approving of Sarah as a name. Other Muslim/English sounding names I love are Leila, Rezwanna (which I think sounds a bit like Rosanna when you say it quickly) and I believe Brangelina have an adopted girl called Sahara (which is somewhat like Sara) and by extention of the kid being brought up by the Pitt-Jolie's or Jolie-Pitt's, probably has a certain amount of street cred/cool attached to it now!LOL

historyrepeats Mon 20-Feb-12 20:21:18

Samah -pronounced summer

historyrepeats Mon 20-Feb-12 20:21:50


historyrepeats Mon 20-Feb-12 20:22:57

Amira - beautiful

DumSpiroSpero Mon 20-Feb-12 20:28:04

My friend's dd's (named for same reasons) are Laila & Madina - shortened to Madi.

duchesse Mon 20-Feb-12 20:34:04

The girls I have known with names that do in either culture have been called Maryam, Laila and Tanya (that girl was Persian so I assume it's in the Muslim world as well).

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 20-Feb-12 20:36:37

Farrah, Hannah, Sara and Yasmin are all lovely but I really like Amina.

nailak Mon 20-Feb-12 20:38:35


historyrepeats Mon 20-Feb-12 20:39:14

I know two sisters called Yasmin and Zarah.

SuddenlyAtHome Mon 20-Feb-12 20:51:27

I live in an area with big Muslim population and friends who have never had problems with pronunciation of their names by non-Muslims are Amira, Rania, Farah, Safia, Rukhsana, Sonia. All beautiful names (my favourite is Amira, just lovely).

duchesse Mon 20-Feb-12 20:53:26

or Nadia- that's a lovely cross-cultural name.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 20-Feb-12 20:55:22

Can't believe that people have problems pronoucing those names Sudden. there again DD has an English name that most people seem to have a problem with and we didn't even think it was that unusual. One Mum even gave me the shock face the first time we took her out and said "oh, erm, have you made that one up?".

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 20-Feb-12 20:58:08

Forgot to say, have a Muslim friend named Tessima which is beautiful. If she wants it to sound more English she just calls herself Tess which again is a such a lovely name.

MissBetsyTrotwood Mon 20-Feb-12 20:59:49

We know a muslim Amber. Lovely.

SuddenlyAtHome Mon 20-Feb-12 21:08:19

They are the friends who DON'T have problems smile I have an Irish name and have had a lot more blank looks!

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 20-Feb-12 21:15:27

Ah yes, have just reread your post and spotted the "never". That makes all the difference.

Sorry for my mixed up rant.

<leaves MN and searches for wine>

sashh Tue 21-Feb-12 00:18:39


LongWayRound Tue 21-Feb-12 12:34:30

Aisha - Aida - Amal - Aya - Basma - Bouthaina - Celya
Hanan - Hiba - Iman - Jihane - Kenza - Lilya - Lina
Majda - Malak - Maria - Marwa - Maryam - Mya
Nada - Nadia - Najat - Najwa - Nisrine - Nouhayla
Oumnia - Raja - Rania - Reem - Rita
Safia - Sakina/Soukaina - Salma - Salwa - Sara - Sophia/Sofia
Yasmina/Yasmine - Yousra - Zineb

Not that all the above sound English, but they are easy to pronounce in English. Unlike Ferdaous and Ghizlane, which are pretty names but may be difficult for English speakers.

ipanicked Wed 22-Feb-12 21:46:51

My brand new (muslim) cousin who lives half way across the world has just been named Zara Sofia which I think is just gorgeous (and would not be at all out of place round here either!)

Hulababy Wed 22-Feb-12 21:56:02


I have taught a lot of children who are muslim and very few I find difficult to say/pronounce tbh. I think many work very well.

Hulababy Wed 22-Feb-12 21:56:58

My list are not necessarily English sounding, but ones I have no problem with pronouncing currently

DougalDaydream Wed 22-Feb-12 22:10:39

Afia is a lovely name.

I like Eshaal too.

yasmin85 Thu 23-Feb-12 00:56:30

what do you ladies think of Amara, or Aiza? I quite like names starting with 'A'

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Feb-12 09:11:49

Those are both beautiful yasmin.

Stellan Thu 23-Feb-12 10:07:15

yasmin85 - Amara's lovely but I'm not sure how to pronounce Aiza. I'm guessing it is something like EYE-za?

yasmin85 Fri 24-Feb-12 00:21:23

yes, it would be eye-za, maybe Ayza or Aizah spelling helps. not sure though, Eshaal and Amara are also very pretty.

Monstrosity Fri 24-Feb-12 06:57:01

I love A names too for some reason! I think Amara and Aiza are both lovely names. Have fun choosing!

mumzy Sat 25-Feb-12 23:14:32

Sufia, Leila, Zara, Sareena, Robina, Nadia, Maia, Maryam have muslim friends/ colleagues with these lovely names

stella1w Sat 25-Feb-12 23:21:30

This is making me wish I'd had another girl!

pinkmagic1 Sat 25-Feb-12 23:28:15

Love Ayisha, leila, Yasmin, Sharifa, Kenza, Latifa, Noor and Fulah.

SunSoakedStone Wed 29-Feb-12 13:20:51

Saira is gorgeous.

Hulababy Wed 29-Feb-12 15:24:19

I teach an Aiza - pronounced eye-z-uh
I do sometimes mix it up with Aysha though which is pronounced Eye-sh-uh

Look, I'm not a Muslim, but English-sounding Muslim names? That easy, considering that Islam the religion considers its origins to be founded in the same history as Christianity. Plenty of ancient Hebrew names would therefore suffice. Examples (pulled up from Abraham's family tree):


and of course
Mary plus variants (I think Miriam is one of them)

I think you will find that many "Muslim" names therefore have a Hebrew root or Hebrew version (Hebrew, like Arabic is a Semetic language after all). From there it should be quite simple to find the modern English spelling.

nizlopi Sat 03-Mar-12 18:07:51

I love the name Sana, I have a muslim friend with that name and I think its beautiful

chickensaregreen Sat 03-Mar-12 18:14:03


yasmin85 Thu 08-Mar-12 16:59:38

what do you ladies think of Zoya???

welovesausagedogs Thu 08-Mar-12 17:07:50

Maisa (not to different from the english Maisy)

yasmin85 Mon 04-Jun-12 02:19:18

would 'Sana' be pronounced ok in the UK? It's short and sweet.

herhonesty Mon 04-Jun-12 07:59:35

Lots of these names aren't actually Muslim names. Is that important, or do you want a crossover name.

babloogirl Mon 04-Jun-12 08:05:01

Dd is Maryam Amber and I only get compliments

Sophia was our next choice

If we have another dd I think we will go for Zara smile

IsLovingAndGiving Mon 04-Jun-12 08:18:18


ripsishere Mon 04-Jun-12 08:25:49

I don't like Sana, it was the name of a shop I used for cheap clothes when we were in the ME.
I do love Safia - could have been DDs name but someone else bagged it.
Sofia is OK, Zara is OK, Laila is nice although there is one at DDs current RC school so could be getting popular.

IsLovingAndGiving Mon 04-Jun-12 08:59:14

I know an Aamana, which is very pretty.

Lunarlyte Mon 04-Jun-12 10:14:49

I knew 2 Muslim girls, each one with a beautiful name and charming personality to boot. The names were:

Safiyyah (sounds like Sophia)

Miah (sounds identical to Mia)

Now, Sophia is a Greek name and Mia is Italian, but both very popular ^in Britain.


nizlopi Mon 04-Jun-12 11:57:41

I think the name Sana is beautiful

yasmin85 Mon 04-Jun-12 12:13:44

a crossover name would be good, one that works in both languages. I don't want the child being bullied in school for a name that I choose..but at the same time I want it to be arabic or persian origin and good meaning. it's a shame a lot of the good names are already taken in the family, I liked Sofia and Zara, but they are already used.

marchpoppy Mon 04-Jun-12 12:27:10

Nazaneen, meaning white flowers, I know it doesn't sound English but its easy to pronounce!

EssentialFattyAcid Mon 04-Jun-12 12:28:50


MagdalenaAlec Mon 04-Jun-12 13:47:31

Nora, Leila, Ines, Louisa (short for Lawza: almond), Mona, Sonia, Emma, Sarah, Mina, Myriam are all names given by the Arabic/French community in New York to their children and they are all Muslims so I guess that the names are Arabic (otherwise the children would have to change it).
I especially like Ines, Louisa and Myriam.

LunaLunatic Thu 07-Jun-12 20:02:02

Kamilah (Camilla) is a lovely name which is pronounced almost identically in both Arabic and English.

Also love Amira, Nahla (means bumblebee smile ), Zahra. English speakers would just drop the 'h' and say naa-la, zaa-ra etc. I love Qamar which means moon but not very English sounding!

glorious Fri 08-Jun-12 20:56:19

How about Soraya? I suppose it isn't the easiest to say but not hard either and I think it's lovely.

scottishmummy Sat 09-Jun-12 12:33:50


yasmin85 Sat 09-Jun-12 18:06:30

how does Leena sound??

scottishmummy Sat 09-Jun-12 20:46:30

leena is lovely
just noticed youre Yasmin, i love that name (i never usually look at the names you see)

CoteDAzur Sat 09-Jun-12 22:43:46

OP - Whichever name you choose, I suggest you take a moment to consider how to write it. For example, Dina and Miriam will probably look less foreign than Deena or Maryam.

Since you said you like names starting with A, how about:

A few comments on names mentioned here:
Lara, Selen, and Deniz are Turkish names, not Muslim names
Ines is a French name

BellaOfTheBalls Sun 10-Jun-12 15:04:53

Nisrine (love this!)

All from friends with British Muslim children.

yasmin85 Sun 17-Jun-12 01:58:27

how does Afia sound??

Poulay Sun 17-Jun-12 02:06:21

Not at all English

gingerchick Sun 17-Jun-12 03:03:47

Aiysha pronounced Eye sha or Aisha because most people call my dd eye ee sha which is very annoying and not right! angry

shinyblackgrape Sun 17-Jun-12 07:13:38

Our friends - Irish and packistani backgrounds - have a little girl called Zarin.

Dprince Sun 17-Jun-12 09:16:53

I know two Asian girls called Salma

Ashleighk Wed 10-Oct-12 12:10:24

I named My daughter Amira

ninjawomble Wed 10-Oct-12 23:53:25

Saira , Amira, Zara, Maryam/Mariam , Sofia are all lovely names.

Arseface Wed 10-Oct-12 23:56:43


Devora Thu 11-Oct-12 00:10:27

Mariam, Zahra, Jamila, Amira?

BoerWarKids Thu 11-Oct-12 01:01:33

I love Maysoon smile

Also like Dalia, Sabrina and Leyal (not sure exactly how it's spelt?)

doublemuvver Thu 11-Oct-12 22:52:45

Lillia, Arabic form of Lily

Forwardscatter Thu 11-Oct-12 23:02:29


Flutterbutterby Thu 11-Oct-12 23:13:54


nailak Thu 11-Oct-12 23:18:10

if you like Afia, then there is Attiya, Asiya, Alisha, aidah, adilah, aqilah, arifa, asimah, ayda, afra, afsa, alina, ana, anisa, arisha, arissa

SE13Mummy Sun 14-Oct-12 00:01:35

Has anyone suggested Esme or Esther? Both are Persian in origin with one meaning 'beloved' and the other, 'star'.

Otherwise, Lila, Leila, Zara/Sara, Sahara, Miriam/Maryam, Safiya and Sofie are all names of children that I've taught who've come from Muslim families.

Asadullah Sun 11-Aug-13 14:54:12

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