I am due in just over 2 weeks, don't know if it's girl or boy and really stuck on names!!!! OH is no help at all lol...
Anyway, I'm Scottish, OH is Indian
We're both Muslim - my family are not though..
So I would like a name with a good meaning or a story to it i.e. a name of a Prophet in Islam, or an inspirational figure..
OH & his fam would like a 'unique/funky' name... LOL
My family would like a 'pronounceable' name...
So far, I have a few I like:
Boy: Ibrahim - I admire that Prophet Ibrahim was taken as an intimate friend by Allah, that in the Quran he is described as being compassionate, etc.
OH not commented on this name, my bro has suggested it's hard to pronounce??
or I like AbdurRahman - Abd Ar Rahman - (ar Rahman is an attribute of Allah meaning the most Merciful - also there is ahadith stating the most beloved names by Allah are Abdullah and AbdurRahman)
Girl: Ruqaya - means gentle, also Ruqaya was a daughter of the prophet Mohammed. My OH has said its an old fashioned name, my brother has said it's hard to pronounce.
Khadijah - first wife of prophet Mohammed - was his only wife during her lifetime, so marriage of 25 years & she was the first person to accept Islam, & she was a successful businesswoman - so I like the name because she came into the religion like me, she had a happy marriage, & she was a successful businesswoman so all things to inspire my daughter. However, yet again OH has not commented, and I think my family might say oh we can't pronounce it...?
Other one for a girl I kinda like is Naima (Na-eema) which means contented? it's a word in the Quran in where Allah describes that some people on judgement day will be 'Naima' and 'Radhiya' both are used as names however the 'dh' sound my fam would have difficulty pronouncing so I haven't considered that one... anyway they could both mean contented, tranquil, radiant etc... Which again, if I think about what I want for my daughter I would want her to be happy, tranquil etc..
So, to summarize
Boy: Ibrahim AbdurRahman Abdullah
Girl: Ruqaya Khadijah Naima
please comment on the names I suggested how YOU might pronounce it if you read it on paper (ie teacher calling out their name in class) & spelling...
I don't think your choices are hard to pronounce once told the name properly, although I don't know how a Scottish accent might affect it tbh. All the boys choices I would say as they are spelt, none are unusual. The girls I would say ruh-kya, Kad-eee-ja and nay-ma, but would be happy to be corrected. They are all lovely names with nice meanings. There's nothing wrong with having three choices for each and then waiting until baby is here, men really don't seem to care until the last minute IME. Good luck x
I like Ibrahim, agree that people would have problems with Khadijah though (speaking from experience, it's not nice when people only 'nearly' get your name right!). For a boy, I've always loved Karim and Omar (assuming you're Sunni...?), and for a girl perhaps Ayesha or Maryam...