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Arabic yet 'English sounding' boys names

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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!)


happyGOmerry Mon 26-Jan-15 17:32:16

- Asiel for a boy, Pronounced a-Scil with an emphasis on the S, in Arabic it means Original or of known origin. In hebrew its a combined word: Asa would mean to do and El an abbreviation of Elohim meaning God, the name in hebrew means God Has made or created of God.

- Dani is a name fairly common in Saudi arabia, and sounds fairly english.

- Jacob, which in German is pronounced Yaqob and sounds exactly like the Arabic pronunciation Yaqoob also a prophet.

- Rais, pronounced Ra-iese in arabic means Chief or leader.

- Yunus, pronounced U-nes, which is the arabic form of Jonah.

- Yusef, pronounced U-sef, which is the arabic form of Joseph.

-Zayn, which in arabic means, beauty and grace.

- Zaki, means pure in arabic, however, Egyptians pronounce the word Smart the same way, so its a 2 in 1 package ;)

- Zakaria or Zacharia, which in hebrew means God remembers, fairly common among muslims as well.

exairhostess Thu 24-Oct-13 16:04:06

My suggestions would be:

Yousef (Joseph)
Isa (Jesus)

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).

chipsandmushypeas Wed 10-Oct-12 09:47:52

I like Karim

sashh Wed 10-Oct-12 06:41:16

Samil - shortened to Sam for every day.

What's wrong with Adam? It ticks all boxes.

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.

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.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Mon 08-Oct-12 22:18:05


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


Teamthrills Mon 08-Oct-12 20:56:16

I was going to say Adam...


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 ?

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

-These are Arabic.Jill

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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?

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

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

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.

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

So not 'cat'.

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

The internet says it means 'guardian'.

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

haris means a guard

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