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Western names that would work for Muslim Child.

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TaylorKent312 Sun 06-Dec-15 19:36:00

My sister is married to a Muslim and they're expecting their 3rd child, no idea of the gender yet, so need names for both genders.

However my sister prefers western names to Arabic/Asian names. Her two boys are called Adam and Harris, both Muslim names that work well here in England.

But for the 3rd child she's hit a brick wall, she hates the obvious western Muslim names like Aiden/Daniyal/Sofia/Aliyah/Noah etc so at this rate the poor kid isn't going to have a name.

So can you please give me some unique western sounding Muslim names that would work in both cultures. My sister's all time favourite name is Finley but there doesn't seem to be a Muslim equivalent, believe me she's checked grin

Whatsinaname2011 Sun 06-Dec-15 19:37:53

Well if the first two have Muslim names can't the third not? Compromise and all that assuming she's not a Muslim?

Sophronia Sun 06-Dec-15 19:55:58

Idris (is a Welsh name as well as Arabic)
Rafi
Sam/Sami/Sammy
Ali
Zain/Zayn/Zane
Zak/Zaki
Rayan
Kamran
Basil
Isaac
Laith
Elias
Tobias

Hana/Hanna/Hannah
Yasmin
Soraya
Mariam
Sarah
Mona
Noura/Nora/Norah
Amina
Layla
Nadia
Zara
Isra
Lina

DancingDuck Sun 06-Dec-15 19:59:18

Fred which is like Farad.
Sam which can be a shortened version of Samir or Hossam
Alistair - Ali

Sophia/Sufiya

CharmingChampignon Sun 06-Dec-15 20:00:05

My friend has a similar situation and has a Hannah and a Zak (Zakariya)

ethelb Sun 06-Dec-15 20:21:38

Hannah/hanna is a name that has served a friend well. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu (Hana anyway) and pronounceable in most languages/accents.

stairway Sun 06-Dec-15 20:25:20

We have an Elias ( pronounced ee Lee as)

stairway Sun 06-Dec-15 20:30:10

You can also look at Muslim names with English nicknames.. Bilal could be known as Billy.. I think Moe is cute for Mohammed.
Dani is another popular one in the middle east.
Girls names.. Well you are spoilt for choice.. Hanna .. Sara.. Leila Amber.. Yasmin to name a few

StompyFreckles Sun 06-Dec-15 20:46:35

Hannah / hanna
Aliza
Laila
Maya
Zara

Struggling for boys...
Danyal
Eesa

Would Finn work?

anneyaramis Sun 06-Dec-15 20:54:25

I was coming in to suggest Idris which is a family name for us but that I absolutely adore and Sami.

I think many I thought of have been suggested already.

Zara/Zahra
Isla/Ayla/Aiyla

Are the other two girls names that spring to mind.

Around here I know of mixed families with:

Noah
Zak
Mikail (Mika for short if you go in for that)
Rafi or Raphael/Rafail (an angel but might be of death so best to check as I can't remember).

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Dec-15 21:02:06

Sam - n n for Bassam
Zak
Aadam

Layla
Zara

badtime Sun 06-Dec-15 22:02:57

Lulu - Arabic for pearl (or possibly pearls).

MamaLazarou Sun 06-Dec-15 23:10:34

Ayla (pronounced the same as Isla)?

Nataleejah Wed 09-Dec-15 13:14:18

Biblical names. Many of them have Arabic translations.

ShadyMyLady Wed 09-Dec-15 13:51:47

Jasmine
Zara
Layla
Sara

Haider/Hayder
Sami
Kamran
Gabriel
Rafi

TillyTolly Wed 09-Dec-15 13:52:25

Haroun to be known as Harry?

MrsRedFly Thu 10-Dec-15 15:44:56

Hana or Zahra for girls
Zain for a boy

sherbertlemon17 Thu 10-Dec-15 15:55:20

Our lists were:

Girls-
Saffiyah (Saff ee yah)
Sofia
Leila
Amira
Farrah
Yasmin
Sara

Boys-
Isaac
Noah
Zane
Zakariya
Sami
Ryyan
Elias

drspouse Thu 10-Dec-15 16:02:33

Are we talking only Arabic versions of names or is there another ethnicity/language in the mix that might give more ideas e.g. a language from the Indian subcontinent?

From the fact she has an Adam it sounds like English versions of what would be Old Testament names for Christians would be OK. My thoughts on those that you don't have already would be Solomon, David, Ruth, Rachel (those would be the English spellings/pronunciations - Daud, Suleyman, Rahma, Rashil - had to look the last two up!)

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