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Indian name for English girl?

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Eddiethehorse Fri 04-Oct-13 17:04:55

We are English but we love an Indian name...Aarti...I know a couple and I've liked them a lot! Weird to give an Indian name to an English baby girl? Thoughts on Aarti as a name irrespective of origin?

Bonniemum24 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:43:27

My dd is half Asian, half white and is called Hanna
We also know a Soraya

RunRabbit Sun 13-Oct-13 18:25:56

Why would you want to give your child a name you clearly can't even correctly pronounce?

Case and point:

Hmm ... do you pronounce it the same as Artie (boys' name short for Arthur?)
Eddiethehorse Fri 04-Oct-13 19:01:24

No, actually, it isn't.

justanuthermanicmumsday "Many Asians keep English names."

Probably because they speak English and know how to pronounce such names.
If the OP spoke Hindi and knew how to pronounce the name, it might make the name selection slightly less odd.

If I saw an English person being called/it being pronounced 'Artie'. I'd be more likely to think the person had a love of Art and what a bizarre thing to call a child rather than it having any known relation to the Indian name.

katemarch Fri 11-Oct-13 17:12:49

Both of my children have latin names and me and my husband are entirely English. Some people thought we were a bit odd but they were the names we loved! I don't think it matters.

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Eddiethehorse Sat 05-Oct-13 05:09:26

Thanks everyone. We live in the Middle East, lots of Indians here and the ladies I know do pronounce the 't' but the 'I' is pronounced with more of an inflection. DD1 has a Greek name. I love Artemis but it's the name of the restaurant we had our wedding reception in in Cyprus!
I love everyone's opinions and overall not bad in favour!! I don't even know the sex yet...probably will be a boy this time and then we are really stuck!

MERLYPUSS Fri 04-Oct-13 21:57:34

I learnt the d/t sound by marrying a Sri Lankan.
The j in Ceylonese (?) is often pronounced 'sh' as is the case in DH's name.
(BTW his English pronunciation is better than mine, you'd never guess he was Asian on the phone, on loads of stuff but he still occasionally slips up on p/f)

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 21:03:19

How did you learn the d/t sound Blu? Have tried to get my tongue round it for years and failed.

People can pronounce their own names however they like, but it's a shame that we butcher really beautiful, meaningful names with our pronunciation. I have a friend whose name is Gitanjali. Of course people pronounce the first syllable "Git" and the last two to sound like Angela. She made life easier for everyone by calling herself Anji but her name is stunning when "correctly" pronounced.

Blu Fri 04-Oct-13 20:52:54

thesaurusgirl - i know smile all my ILs are Indian diaspora and many not first language English speakers. i know the t/d sound of which you speak, which English speakers can very well master - and frankly if second and third generation Indians in the UK choose to pronounce theri name 'Arti', why shouldn't EddieTheHorse?

My DPs name is pronounced differently depending on which country he is in - and his mother says it totally differntly to the way he says it. Neither seem to think the other is wrong.

justanuthermanicmumsday Fri 04-Oct-13 20:35:44

Not weird if you think all the different cultures we have in the uk. English folks dotn keep English names always I.e Scottish, irish. What's the difference?

Many Asians keep English names.

Im of Bangladeshi heritage but muslim so we tend to have Arabic, Persian or yes English sounding names. It may be due to the fact that Bengalis are a minority with regards to faith, prior to islam many were Hindus and a smaller minority were Christians . Also not pure race so you get Nepalese and Burmese influences too. I.e my mums cousin is named Helena,I've heard of Susan and Libby, and Lana.

I was shocked to meet an IT teacher once he said his name was Ronnie.
So I went along to sign up on the course I was shocked to be met with an Asian man I had to keep my composure and not show the shock didn't want to be rude lol. Now I've been told by my brother Ronny and Johnny are quite common in Bangladesh grin

But arti could easily cross the border. It doesn't matter arthi. I too know an Indian woman by that name everyone calls her arty, except her family who pronounce the h sound.

RayofSun Fri 04-Oct-13 20:34:45

Of Indian heritage and agree with thesaurus girl. Nothing to do with thread, just sticking my oar in wink

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:31:18

Anglicise the pronunciation of their names, sorry. And the spellings are a phonetic approximation of the original Sanskrit or other language.

BikeRunSki Fri 04-Oct-13 20:29:50

I know a little girl who is English, but whose mother had always loved a Greek name (not one that has become a mainstream English name). Her mum then married a man of Polish heritage, so the girl is English with GreekFirstName PolishSurname. Yiu know what? it' s fine, it' s just her name now.

ByTheWishingWell Fri 04-Oct-13 20:29:35

I don't think it matters where the name is originally from- lots of non-British names fall into use here. If you like it, go for it! (I may be slightly biased- my British DC has a Russian first name. I have never regretted it, or thought it doesn't 'fit'.)

Congratulations! thanks

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:25:54

Blu I think a lot of British Indians anglicise the spellings of their names to make them easier for English speakers. The letters 'd' and 't' are a phonetic approximation of a sound that doesn't exist in English.

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:23:06

Peppi There is no English equivalent - aarti, arathi and aarthi are used interchangeably because it's a phonetic spelling of a word that is physically impossible for native English speakers to pronounce.

Any native speakers care to adjudicate?

Blu Fri 04-Oct-13 20:21:31

The (of Indian heritage) person that I know called Arti pronounces it Arti.

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:18:42

To my ear, the first pronunciation on that recording is correct. The second one doesn't sound like a native speaker.

PeppiNephrine Fri 04-Oct-13 20:18:09

aarthi is not the given name Aarti. See how its spelled differently?
The link given has an indian woman pronouncing it. I think she is qualified to patronise?

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:08:47

Peppie, aarthi is a Sanskrit word. It's a prayer. When you can say it out loud in something approximating accuracy, you'll be better qualified to patronise.

CharlieCoCo Fri 04-Oct-13 20:07:14

my dentist is called Artie. she is Indian (British) though.
I like the name Keshini for an Indian name.

PeppiNephrine Fri 04-Oct-13 20:05:08

You might have studied sanskrit for a few weeks, but you know there are about 400 languages spoken in India, and a great number of them do not have a sanskrit base?

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:03:37

What about Arte, short for Artemis?

thesaurusgirl Fri 04-Oct-13 20:00:48

You're mispronouncing it. Everyone who isn't Indian will pronounce it wrong. The 't' pronunciation doesn't exist in English. I know this because I studied Sanskrit for a term and this may be the first time it has ever come in useful!

ZenNudist Fri 04-Oct-13 19:31:32

It might seem a bit silly depending on what your surname is. Personally I don't think it's appropriate unless you have Indian heritage but I'm a bit twitchy about that kind of thing & some people would just say go with what you like.

I also don't think it's such a nice name, going through life as 'Artie'. Its not great to have a name you have to spell all the time (my maiden surname was foreign & I found life much nicer when I no longer had to spell a whole bit of my name out.)

Each to their own, sorry to sound damning!

BlackberrySeason Fri 04-Oct-13 19:17:21

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