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(30 Posts)
quirrelquarrel Sun 19-Jun-11 18:33:16

I love this name...but I don't know if I'd ever be brave enough to name a little baby it!

mavornia Sun 19-Jun-11 18:37:11

Sorry, don't like it at all and I do like unusual names

also makes me think of Labia

Macaroona Sun 19-Jun-11 18:37:36

Hahaha! Please no.

everlong Sun 19-Jun-11 19:27:30

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Mackrelmint Sun 19-Jun-11 19:32:34

I don't like the sound of the word and find it a bit odd naming people after geographical areas (although along similar lines I do think Persia and Oceana sound quite cool and Syria would make a pretty name)

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 19-Jun-11 19:33:14

Very silly but no sillier than India.

GrimmaTheNome Sun 19-Jun-11 19:35:14

I don't think Arabia or Syria have very good connotations at the moment.

Sometimes cowardice is a good thing!

quirrelquarrel Sun 19-Jun-11 19:38:43

I had a friend called India a while ago, so it's pretty normal to me, that name.

Ah pity! I love the sound and also how it looks written down...I don't know anything about the place, apart from Arabian Nights and all that rather inappropriate (for a child) jazz, it's more about its base value.

Syria sounds a bit thin to me.

EricNorthmansMistress Sun 19-Jun-11 19:41:08

It's not a name, it's a geographical location.

GrimmaTheNome Sun 19-Jun-11 19:43:38

Um, well Saudi Arabia is the place where women aren't allowed to drive or go out without a male escort.

Not a good name to give a girl.

Syria is one of the places where the people are getting shot for rising up against their government at the moment.

tigercametotea Sun 19-Jun-11 19:45:51

It just sounds a bit Aladdin to me... .... Err... no.

quirrelquarrel Sun 19-Jun-11 21:04:18

Who says it would be for a girl? smile

For either. It wouldn't be picked for its meaning.

Amaretti Sun 19-Jun-11 21:05:55

It's not a name it's a country. Don't be silly.

quirrelquarrel Sun 19-Jun-11 21:32:40

Um, it's the name of a country?

Yes, I'm being awkward. But who cares? That rule is obselete. Not sure if it was ever contentious in the past, but especially not now when you can practically name your kids anything and everything. What about London, Paris, Alexandria etc...

TheMonster Sun 19-Jun-11 21:33:21


SugarSkyHigh Sun 19-Jun-11 21:42:29

as in Lawrence Of ?

GrimmaTheNome Mon 20-Jun-11 00:25:26

> It wouldn't be picked for its meaning.

yes, but the child could be picked on for its meaning.

Some placenames work ok; Alexandria was of course named after Alexander, so thats fine as a name anyhow. But others are just too loaded.

MelinaM Mon 20-Jun-11 00:26:35

No, no and no!

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 20-Jun-11 09:29:44

Well then why stop at Arabia? Libya is a lovely sounding name for a girl. Lydia is on my shortlist, there's not much difference. Afghanistan is a cool name for a boy. The possibilities are endless!

shoobidoo Mon 20-Jun-11 11:20:42

I know an India.

shoobidoo Mon 20-Jun-11 11:21:01

And a Madison, Paris and Florence.

shoobidoo Mon 20-Jun-11 11:21:51

And I once knew a boy called Chad.

bigbluebump Mon 20-Jun-11 11:29:55

Pasta sauce hmm - you mean Arrabiata smile.

I think place names are fine if you have a connection to the area. I find it odd when people name their children India or Florence without any connection to India or the Italian City.

(at least Florence Nightingale was born in Florence smile).

cumbria81 Mon 20-Jun-11 11:48:56

Pasta Arabia.

tammytoby Mon 20-Jun-11 12:00:18

I don't think Arabia is any different than India or for example but I do think that having a connection to the place helps.

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