Any ideas for pretty Muslim/Arabic/Moroccan girls name please?

(59 Posts)
Angelina7 Thu 04-Jul-13 01:13:12

Hi all,

I'm 30 weeks pregnant & my partner is Moroccan & he wants our baby girl to have a Moroccan or Muslim name, which is fine but the couple of names he has come up with I do not like, I really want to like one he chooses but it's too much of an important decision to agree to one I don't like, I have a few that I have looked up & written down to show him that I like but wonder if anyone could help me come up with some more as i am only getting them off of internet searches as i don't know many names from this origin myself. I would like something fairly unusual (in this country at least), feminine & pretty, possibly with a nice meaning & something that can't easily be shortened to something silly!

Thank you xxx

BlueStarsAtNight Thu 04-Jul-13 01:29:39

I think Layla is Arabic isn't it? That's really pretty and can't be shortened.

bugsybill Thu 04-Jul-13 06:07:50

Aaliyah
Isra
Yasmin
Aisha
Amira

^ these are names I like of girls/women from Muslim backgrounds. Not sure if they fit the Moroccan criteria but maybe ask your partner.

bugsybill Thu 04-Jul-13 06:09:36

Sorry none of the ones I listed above are unusual!

Maybe ask him to look into his family tree for some family names maybe.

MrsSiba Thu 04-Jul-13 07:19:45

Shahida
Rashida
Hamida
Aaliyah
Anisha
Zayna
Summayyah
Safiyah

All pretty girl's names in our family

NowPlayingZone Thu 04-Jul-13 07:24:42

Amelle (love this)
Delilah
Maryam
Nadia
Samara
Zahara
Aisha

MortifiedAdams Thu 04-Jul-13 07:28:10

Priya
Veda

WinningBread Thu 04-Jul-13 07:29:49

Tahira (shortened to Tara)
I love Amira too.

Klootami Thu 04-Jul-13 07:30:36

Nayla is one of our girl family names (Lebanese origin)

CitizenOscar Thu 04-Jul-13 07:59:40

Naima
Fatima
Yasmina
Laila
Malika
Aisha
farida
Khadisha
Mina
Karima

(disclaimer: not an expert in this area)

My youngest is half Moroccan and called Linah (Leena).if you want a name that fits here too how about Nadia?

Sorry just noticed you said unusual so I guess Nadia is out.

NooMyx Thu 04-Jul-13 08:40:02

Linah is pretty!

I don't know specifically Moroccan names really, but I do like

Alina
Hana
Raisa
Isra
Dua
Aminah

Laquila Thu 04-Jul-13 08:47:34

Soraya?

PiratePanda Thu 04-Jul-13 08:54:43

Sufiya is my favourite

Samira
Zohra
Tara
Laila
Lina
Aisha

PiratePanda Thu 04-Jul-13 08:55:51

And Maryam

Angelina7 Thu 04-Jul-13 12:31:51

Wow fantastic there are certainly some among these that I like and not on the list yet :-) thank you all xxx

minesamalbec Thu 04-Jul-13 14:08:16

I think Sophia is lovely too.

MrsHuxtable Thu 04-Jul-13 14:17:14

Oh, I like Linah!

Turniptwirl Thu 04-Jul-13 18:17:09

Inara

googietheegg Thu 04-Jul-13 18:20:32

Samya is lovely - it's Arabic but I don't know about any other refs smile

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 04-Jul-13 18:37:47

Reema
Lila
Samaira

sammisatt Thu 04-Jul-13 18:40:33

Samara

Rtfairy Thu 04-Jul-13 19:49:19

Zara
Nyla
Leila
Jasmine/Yasmine
Amira
Amara
Amaya

Sorry don't know the popularity of these names but think they are beautiful.

LaChaiseVerte Thu 04-Jul-13 19:59:03

Shanaz/Shenaz
Zuleika
Reshma
Rahida
Ayesha/Aysha
Saira

Fetacat Thu 04-Jul-13 20:20:51

Aneesa

Azainah?
Jasmina
Jasmin
Kalila
Zainab? Not my favourite though, don't think it's that pretty.
Khadijah
Izma
Kahwal
Jannah
Afeeza
Samirah
Ish a
Afraa
Jessenia
Aamilah

Rtfairy Thu 04-Jul-13 20:36:57

Ooh I forgot Jennah, means heaven smile

Coconutty Thu 04-Jul-13 20:40:07

Iman. Anesha. Anaya.

Beechview Thu 04-Jul-13 20:57:22

Liyana
Sana

onedev Thu 04-Jul-13 21:02:50

I adore the name Zarqa grin

Theironfistofarkus Thu 04-Jul-13 21:06:36

Salome

MerryMarigold Thu 04-Jul-13 21:07:58

These are children and adults I know from Tunisia/ Algeria/ Morocco. I think all the names are Arabic.
Lina
Lamis (pron Lemmis)
Nadia
Amina (pron Ameena)
Kenza (personally love this one)
Nour
Zara
Zahara
Yumna

GoodtoBetter Thu 04-Jul-13 21:15:53

Summeyyah
Naila
Soraya
Nada
Rana
Saba
Imaan
Fatima
Mariam

gostraighttojail Thu 04-Jul-13 21:23:33

Aisha is my favorite name!

Maryam is also nice.

Samsiya is lovely too.

Congratulations on your pregnancy and good luck smile

bananananacoconuts Thu 04-Jul-13 21:28:37

Exh has a cousin called saffin/saphine (sa-feen) i think it's beautiful but it was vetoed as there was already one in the family. We also have
Tavan
Shelan
Aysha
Bahar
Laila in the family.
I really wanted saffine as it is an arabic name and also can be shortened to saffy as a nickname.
Means something gorgeous like mountain spring too.

HoneyandRum Thu 04-Jul-13 21:28:46

Not North African but Turkish - Melis. It was the Turkish hairdresser who cut ds' hair today. Don't even know if it is Muslim? Sounds so pretty and she is lovely.

HoneyandRum Thu 04-Jul-13 21:32:09

Azra

raisah Thu 04-Jul-13 21:36:22

Slightly more unusual Arabic names with meanings:

Zara - type of flower
Zinnia - type of flower
Layla - night
Sara - pure happy
Salma - peaceful
Shakira - thankful/grateful
Rihanna - type of sweet basil
Ana - patience & perseverence
Nouriya - light
Shanni - smile
Rahela - Arabic equivalent of Rachael
Rebecca
Raisah :-) leader
Aneesa - faithful companion
Lulu - pearl

exexpat Thu 04-Jul-13 21:41:52

Farah?

scottishmummy Thu 04-Jul-13 21:44:19

Aynur

raisah Thu 04-Jul-13 21:45:03

Sara - pure /happy
Rihanna - aromatic sweet basil
Ana - patience / perseverance
Salma - peaceful
Shakira - thankful/ grateful
Raisah - leader :-)
Rahela - Arabic equivalent of Rachel
Lulu - pearl
Layla - night
Nouriya - light
Zinnia - type of flower
Zara - flower
Maryam - Mary
Shanni - smile

AnneElliott Thu 04-Jul-13 21:49:59

Deriya ( the one I know shortens it to Dee)

banana one of my dd's is called Sheelan. It's actually a Kurdish name, unless perhaps it had other origins when spelt with only one 'e'.

bananananacoconuts Thu 04-Jul-13 23:49:17

You maybe right mother, they actually live in kurdistan but seem to think they are strong arabic names! There is always a lot of confusion surrounding kurdish/arabic and girls/boys names

Half the people we meet laugh at my ds's name as they say it's a girls name, the other half think it's a good strong boys name!!

lessonsintightropes Fri 05-Jul-13 00:06:51

Nourah
Irmani
Zuleika (love this one)
Aaminah

lessonsintightropes Fri 05-Jul-13 00:07:27

Also Zarrine is very pretty.

AhoyAhoy Mon 08-Jul-13 18:54:33

My name has appeared a few times- first name suggested actually. Family shorten it to first syllable, but no one else does.

My sisters name is Zehra (pronounced Sarah with a Z). nn Zed.

I teach an Izel which may have made its way onto my list.

thegreylady Mon 08-Jul-13 21:14:09

Serra
Selen
Leila

Queenofthehill Mon 08-Jul-13 21:27:59

Sana
Mouna
Naimah

cuillereasoupe Tue 09-Jul-13 09:29:52

I have a lot of Moroccan students. I can suggest

Hafsa
Ibtissam
Fazia
Nora
Amel
Fawzia
Wafaa
Racha
Amina
Zakia
Samira
Yasmine
Mouna
Leila
Jihen
Fadoua
Habiba
Nouara
Chaima
Assia
Myriem

But for me there'd be no contest, it'd have to be Sheherazade. Brilliant name.

ParrotsHilton Tue 09-Jul-13 18:17:57

How do you pronounce Sheherazade?

cuillereasoupe Tue 09-Jul-13 19:03:29

shuh-HERR-uh-zard. She's the princess in the Arabian Nights.

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Tue 09-Jul-13 19:48:14

love kenza!

Zahara - is Arabic for white (so probably best if she is fair headed, but of course this isn't necessarily the case). It also means flower in Swahili.

Almeta - It means ambitious in Arabic.

Halima - Means gentle, patient in Arabic.

Shakila - Means pretty in Arabic.

Amala: Means hopeful.

Amira: Means Princess

Just gave the meanings in case they mattered to you. Ignore if not smile

AllegraLilac Thu 11-Jul-13 01:47:38

Esma was my favourite growing up. Like a cooler, less used, more Arabic version of Esme.

RaRaZ Thu 11-Jul-13 02:29:53

Maryam an Mahtob are Iranian muslim names. Personally I love Maryam.

JeanPaget Thu 11-Jul-13 03:22:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KLou1105 Thu 11-Jul-13 16:03:24

Farah
Nadah
Farzana
sabeena
Anisah
Rebeka
Yasmeen
Aisha
Leila
Sharzeen
Ashna

These are a few girls names from my brothers girlfriends family hope it helps x

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