Arabic yet 'English sounding' boys names

(36 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!)

TIA

we got through this by giving DS a very English name and a VERY Arabic Middle name.

Our surname is very Arabic.

ripsishere Sat 05-May-12 08:50:53

Adil, pronounced Ardel. Lovely name, lovely man who owns it.
When I had DD in Oman, the boy next door was called Adaham. Slightly different to Adam. Any use?

sassytheFIRST Sat 05-May-12 08:54:50

Variations on Joseph?

Thistledew Sat 05-May-12 08:57:11

Elias
Ali
Adan (with an 'n'. alternative spelling, which is more Anglicised, Aidan, or Aiden)

badtime Sat 05-May-12 13:47:26

I used to know a Muslim guy called Haris. I have also seen the spelling Harris used by Muslims.
Faris is also an Arabic name that sounds quite international (and pretty modern).

Firawla Sat 05-May-12 13:56:26

Sami
Zaki
Elyas
Daniel
Omar
Ali
Binyamin

dreamingofcalm Sat 05-May-12 14:36:03

Ayman.

Love the name Haris too

tunaday Sat 05-May-12 17:39:35

Also know a Harris and a Faris and a Dowed (not sure that's the right sp.)

rockinhippy Sat 05-May-12 17:44:10

DHs lovely friend with the same cultural mix & is a Farris, which IMHO is a great name for a DS, sounds sort of modern English, but isn't smile

quitcomplaining Sat 05-May-12 17:48:10

Thank you! I love Harris! Have not come by it before. Anyone know what it means?

My cat is called Harris....

Firawla Sat 05-May-12 22:14:12

haris means a guard

badtime Sat 05-May-12 22:21:47

The internet says it means 'guardian'.

badtime Sat 05-May-12 22:24:16

So not 'cat'.

pinkmagic1 Sat 05-May-12 22:31:44

Congratulations! My children have the same cultural mix. DS has a very Arabic first name but Sami as a middle name. Other suggestions are:

Tarik
Omar
Zane
Adham
Kamran
Shariff

I really love Ayman which someone else mentioned too, DS was very nearly called this.

pinkmagic1 Sat 05-May-12 22:33:40

Sorry, didn't notice you didn't want Adham.

sashh Sun 06-May-12 12:54:24

Adam, sorry just noted the veto
Samir (shorten to Sam)
Abraham

Are all the 'old testament' / 'tamuld' names valid? What about a David?

Coconutty Sun 06-May-12 12:57:58

Ceyhan

kirrinIsland Sun 06-May-12 13:24:04

I have the same issue and have just got all excited at the sight of Daniel on the list above - but just been informed by DP that is is Arabic, but not Muslim - so back to the drawing board!
Out list, also very short is
Ali
faris
I love Solomon, but DP says it is very old fashioned, and won't even consider it sad

Britsy Sun 06-May-12 14:03:27

Daniel is a Muslim name, but usually spelt 'daniyal'.

abbypumpkin Sun 06-May-12 22:20:42

Sami

arf badtime! I didn't say it meant 'cat', just that it's the name of our cat smile

myrlabelle Mon 08-Oct-12 17:44:09

I thought we'd have a boy after two girls but its Another girl... But I had picked the name "raif" for a boy I think it's super cool and it also means wolf in German.
Others I considered were Zane, Zachary, Dean, Ryan, Laith and Caden
Congrats smile

myrlabelle Mon 08-Oct-12 17:45:06

By the way "Raif" in arabic means "the merciful"

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

...Ferran
...Alvan
...Sami
-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...

Waris
Danyial
Eesa

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

Ismael.
Kamran.

Arun
Isaac

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:

Sami
Yousef (Joseph)
Karim
Zain/Zane/Zayn
Rafi
Raif
Isa (Jesus)
Zachariah
Imran
Omar
Ziad
Daniyal

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