Arabic yet 'English sounding' boys names

(46 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!)


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LizaTarbucksAuntie Sat 05-May-12 08:40:41

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

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


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


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?

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LizaTarbucksAuntie Sat 05-May-12 22:09:08

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:


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)

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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
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


LizaTarbucksAuntie Mon 07-May-12 09:11:38

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"

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