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Boys name common to both Christian & Muslim traditions? HELP PLEASE!!!

(73 Posts)
TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 19:30:30

We are so stuck. We really want to honour both our cultures but boys names are sooo much harder to agree on than girls names! The only name I like common to both traditions is Zacharia but DH's brother is already called that and we have one on our street. I'm not a huge fan of Adam or Sami (bit plain), DH doesn't like Noah (something about an ark). Any name seems like a bit of a compromise at the moment... please help!!

Snusmumriken Thu 24-Mar-11 19:38:36


Leilababyno1 Thu 24-Mar-11 19:59:42

I was going to suggest Adam- but I see you have already thought of that one..confused There is also Aaron, which is quite nice?

I am of a mixed Anglo/Arab background and my name is Leila, but as you said it is sooooo much easier with girls names.

Beesok Thu 24-Mar-11 20:04:07

hahaha I was going to say Adam or Sami ;))))))

We are in the same boat - both hubby and I are half-european half-arabic and it's a nightmare!

Although hubby is insisting on Adam if it's a boy hmm and since I have no counters I can't argue....yet.

Am only 10 weeks so have lots of time and well, it could be a girl he he he

Leilababyno1 Thu 24-Mar-11 20:10:11

So funny that everyone is suggesting the same- it must be difficult!!!??

We are going for an Arab middle name, but then my husband is British- so our little girl will only be a quarter Arab..smile

babloogirl Thu 24-Mar-11 20:45:44

I am French, Dh is from Pakistan, we decided to go for Elias if it is a boy, but then I am not too sure it is very Christian...

methodsandmaterials Thu 24-Mar-11 20:51:12

Ilyas - it is also an Arabic name

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:00:32

Leila- think those are the most common since most anglo-friendly possibly?? Aaron was another one I like but we have a loopy relative of that name and just can't shake the connotation IYKWIM... hmm

Babloo I love Elias but DH doesn't- biblical version is Elijah I believe.

DH thinks Gabriel is creepy?? confused (DH is not being v helpful!)

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:05:06

oh Danyal is nice- pronounced how? Not similar to Danielle?

mama2plusbump Thu 24-Mar-11 21:06:39

I was going to say zakariyyah too!
Dawud - david
Musa - moses
Ibraheem - abraham

mama2plusbump Thu 24-Mar-11 21:07:17


missmiss Thu 24-Mar-11 21:09:14


CPtart Thu 24-Mar-11 21:09:16


RumpelstiltskinsHat Thu 24-Mar-11 21:09:34

What about Zaki?

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:14:33

Mmm mama2 that's the problemo... lots of names in common but which version to go for? Nice thing about Zakariyah is that it's pronounced the same in both...

Danyal is just the Muslim spelling of Daniel - you will get away with Daniel though.

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:22:39

Hari could be in the bag... is that pronounced Harry or Haari?

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:23:31

So Laurie you'd pronounce it Daniel?


TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:25:20


ptangyangkipperbang Thu 24-Mar-11 21:30:53


mama2plusbump Thu 24-Mar-11 21:32:46

I like dawud

CPtart Thu 24-Mar-11 21:41:33

.......my friend is english and has a DS with muslim partner. They pronounce it ( Hari ) HARRY, and chose it because apparently it is both an English and Indian name. Suppose you could pronounce it however you wanted.

They chose Mili for their dd for the same reason.

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:44:03

oh progress... DH likes Kamran... Hari, Danyal, but my fave is still Zakariya. Everyone calls DH's bro Zaki so that's out...

MerryMarigold Thu 24-Mar-11 21:46:53

Esah. I think is Jesus in Arabic! I think it's a nice name. After all, Jesus' own name was probably quite common in his own time. How about Joshua?

LDNmummy Thu 24-Mar-11 21:53:21

Funny I am having the same problem, would have picked Adam but my sister has already nabbed it. But I like Adam, lovely strong name with lots of meaning.

My other choice would have been Ibrahim (Abraham) but DP says it is way too ancient and secretly I agree sad

mama2plusbump Thu 24-Mar-11 21:56:36

Hari is not a muslimname rather a hindu name as far as i know

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:58:17

I like Joshua- is that the muslim version? Sounds very Hebrew?

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 21:59:38

I did see Hari in my arabic/persian name book- along with Barri! But yes does sound v hindu.

KatieWatie Thu 24-Mar-11 22:00:12


TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:01:48

heehee LDN- like that- 'way too ancient' smile

MerryMarigold Thu 24-Mar-11 22:01:51

I'm not sure if Esah, Joshua and Jesus are all the same name, different languages.

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:06:30

Don't know why- but I expect Reuben to be a particular kind of person?? confused V quaint... bourgeois... so much in a name!

Leilababyno1 Thu 24-Mar-11 22:07:25

What about Jasper?? Both Anglo and Arab, it's really cute..

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:07:30

Interesting point MerryM- will google

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:08:59

Jasper is cute...

Beesok Thu 24-Mar-11 22:26:25

I think Reuben is Jewish ;) btw I knew a little Italian boy called Ruben and he was adorable!

Hari is def. not Arabic - it is Hindu

I think I will have to succumb to Adam - it is still the nicest one (to me) which fits in all languages!

mama2plusbump Thu 24-Mar-11 22:29:57

Joshua has a different name in arabic icant remember now.
Harri may be persian but not a muslim name iykwim

MerryMarigold Thu 24-Mar-11 22:31:28

My ds1's class has 2 Adam's. Their names are not 'Adam' anymore, but 'AdamE' and 'AdamT'. Even when kids see them outside school they shout, "Hey AdamE"...

Beesok Thu 24-Mar-11 22:40:42

Joshua in Arabic is Yihya (I think....)

Beesok Thu 24-Mar-11 22:42:19

The "problem" with Arabic names is that they are generally hard to pronounce to non-Arabs - at least the ones I like, and having lived through the whole "weirdest" name in class I would like to save my kids the hassle ;)

Leilababyno1 Thu 24-Mar-11 22:52:47

There are loads of lovely Arab names, that are still also European. Definitely more for girls though than boys.

My mum is British and my father is Libyan, they called me Leila and my sister Hannah- both very easy to pronounce acurately and still Arab. We have chosen 'Zeena' for our soon-to-be DDs middle name..

Leilababyno1 Thu 24-Mar-11 22:53:55

accurately...blush Typo

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:54:00

Beesok, my DH feels the same... shame really but can have a big effect on a kid

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 22:55:14

that's lovely Leila

Concordia Thu 24-Mar-11 22:58:34

i know a few two couples with muslim men and christian women.
their children are called
all mentioned on this list i see!
i think adam is a nice name and not that common around here...

lovemybabyboy Thu 24-Mar-11 23:06:04

I am in the same situation also, my DH is muslim and I am not. Our DS has a English first name and a Muslim middle name, all my family call him by his first name and all DHs family call him by his muslim name, it works ok and he answers to both names.
I am 9 weeks pregnant with DC2 and this time I would like for the baby to just have a muslim name that is easy to pronounce for my family, so that everyone will call it the same name! I like Adam, Malik and Jamal. I havnt thought of a girls name yet as I am convinced it will be a boy but there is plenty of time and there are loads of lovely muslim girl names!
The only thing is I need one that goes with my sons english first name! I love my sons name but sometimes wish i had just agreed on a muslim name only, as then it would be easier to pick another muslim name to go with it!

Hi beesok from October 2011! smile

dreamingofcalm Thu 24-Mar-11 23:09:48


dreamingofcalm Thu 24-Mar-11 23:11:48

Mikail - name of an angel

EverSoLagom Thu 24-Mar-11 23:13:52

Aaron / Arun

nailak Thu 24-Mar-11 23:15:30

yusuf (josef)
yunus (jonah)
sulayman (solaman)
ibrahim (abraham) Harris, you could have a name with
deen in it (dean) meanin faith,
aslan (lion)
rayan - like ryan, it is nice
mikhail - michael

David51 Thu 24-Mar-11 23:16:33

Ali? (=Ally, short for Alastair)

megapixels Thu 24-Mar-11 23:18:13


megapixels Thu 24-Mar-11 23:19:22

Aslan is lion in Arabic?? I thought lion was asad?

HattiFattner Thu 24-Mar-11 23:23:00


TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 23:53:35

Is Dean an arabic name then? As in 'faith'?

TheNewShmoo Thu 24-Mar-11 23:55:56

Lovemybabyboy - what's your son's name?

nailak Thu 24-Mar-11 23:59:59

they have more then one way of sayin lion!! where do you think c s lewis it the name from!!!

deen or din is an islamic name, but it usually oes alon with somethin else, like allau din or salah din, or deen al somethin and some scholars say it is disliked to use the names deen or islam, so i dont know what your dh would think of that, but it is arabic

kittens Fri 25-Mar-11 00:00:49

Harris, Niall are a couple of others

muminthecity Fri 25-Mar-11 00:18:54

Yahya is one of my favourite names ever, it's Arabic for Joshua, pronounced Ya-he-ya. I love Heshaam for a boy as well, though not very Christian!
What about Omar?

mama2plusbump Fri 25-Mar-11 06:13:23

Aaron is actually haroon

How about Maroun?

sh77 Fri 25-Mar-11 12:45:35

We just named our son Ismael (Is-ma-eel) - problem is that people are finding it hard to pronounce. We have had Ish-mail, Is-mail, Is-mile, Is-ma-heel. I think it is a beautiful name and common to all three religions.

TheNewShmoo Fri 25-Mar-11 12:47:21

I like Saladin... a bit of a grand old heavy name even for DH I thinks!!!

TheNewShmoo Fri 25-Mar-11 12:50:01

sh77- congrats... Ishmael is beautiful

HalleLouja Fri 25-Mar-11 13:08:14


I love Adam but totally biased. Not dull at all. Not met many either. Have a similar problem. Am Greek and dh is English so like names that go across cultures.

megapixels Fri 25-Mar-11 14:45:48

Just looked it up. Aslan is the turkish word, not arabic.

Doesn't sound like an appropriate name for a tiny baby .

kirrinIsland Fri 25-Mar-11 15:01:28

I hear Aslan, I think Narnia - which is a shame 'cos it's a lovely name. We had the same situation and found it so much easier to come up with girls names than boys. Luckily we had a girl! The only boys name we agreed on was Ali, which I really like. I also liked Solomon/Sulaman but DP said it was quite old fashioned. He wasn't very helpful really - mostly he just veto'd my suggestions grin

TheNewShmoo Fri 25-Mar-11 15:26:59

a bit like my DH then!

Suleiman is lovely- v classic

ptangyangkipperbang Sat 26-Mar-11 16:35:56

Where I work lots of the children have Muslim names and we have lots named Adam. Eesa is also quite common and spelt lots of ways. A Muslim friend told me that Eesa was the name Jesus was known by in the Koran.

Harris/Haaris is a lovely name and we only have one of those!

Good luck!

Firawla Sat 26-Mar-11 20:14:04

If you liked the sound of Hari then Haris would be good?

luqman? (bit like luke..)
bilal? (bit like billy..)
idris? (aparently its a welsh name too, although dont know if you want welsh)

CosySlippers Tue 10-May-11 19:08:01

How about:

hockeyforjockeys Tue 10-May-11 20:32:30

muminthecity I've taught a Yayha (incidentially one of my favourite kids ever!), but he pronounced it Yai-yay. Might be a regional pronounciation though from his parents home country though.

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