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Thenadish Mon 29-Feb-16 21:24:52

First baby due June, mum is Turkish Cypriot / English with family of Turkish names and Dad is English with a family of traditional English and biblical names. We are after a name that can be pronounced by English people and our Turkish family, preferably using the Turkish spelling.

Ideas welcomed! (Both genders please) x

BatmanLovesPeaceAndQuiet Mon 29-Feb-16 21:26:08

I know a very lovely Devrim, easy to pronounce, nn Dev.

bossbabebot Mon 29-Feb-16 21:28:06

I know a Dilara a Rana and a Serpil - beautiful names for beautiful girls

CoteDAzur Mon 29-Feb-16 21:35:25

Devrim is a bit of a 'loaded' name - means 'Revolution' and is typically given to children of communist supporters of pre-1980 coup d'etat.

Assuming that you want proper Turkish names and not Muslim names, and you don't want Turkish letters:


Ayla (light around stars)
Alev (flame)
Buse (kiss)
Eda (elegance - close enough translation)
Ece (queen)
Ezgi (melody)
Hayal (waking dream)
Izim (my path/the trail I left behind - sorry, I'm really bad at translating)
Lal (shiny & dark red color)
Lale (tulip)
Maral (female deer)
Mey (wine - not the usual word for 'wine' but a word sometimes used in poems)
Naz (not sure if there is a word for this in English - "feigned reluctance")
Nehir (river)
Oya (elaborate needlework)
Peri (fairy)
Seda (pleasant sound)
Sema (sky)

CoteDAzur Mon 29-Feb-16 21:36:25

Actually, scratch Ece. You will want to avoid the letter c as well, as it is pronounced j and will cause endless confusion.

Thenadish Mon 29-Feb-16 21:44:14

Thanks CoteDAzur, we are actually open to Cs ç and ş and the confusion it will entail! Especially if you have a more traditional English name but pronounced in a Turkish way! Some fabulous suggestions thank you! X

CoteDAzur Mon 29-Feb-16 21:46:25


Ege (Aegean)
Atilla (yes, it's a Turkish name smile)
Efe (strong, brave man of the Aegean region)
Derya (sea)
Utku (goal)
Ozan (poet)
Deniz (sea)
Derin (deep)
Hakan (khan, king)
Erhan (same as above)

EskiVodkaCranberry Mon 29-Feb-16 21:50:41

I know a Devran he's gorgeous!

Izlet Mon 29-Feb-16 21:51:01

Of the more phonetic girls' names I can think of Defne, Ipek (meaning silk), I like Ezgi a lot but I thought it had the "strangled" I at the end (for want of a better expression) so that might be hard for English speakers. One of my friends is called Nursel which I quite like too, but she's a bit older so maybe it's not a modern name. Her daughter is called Evin, which is also nice.

Other Turkish names I know all have the j sounding c or else lots of umlauts, or else are quite harsh sounding to English ears.

VocationalGoat Mon 29-Feb-16 21:53:45

I know a Teoman who is a beautiful little boy. And Teo is a lovely NN.

CoteDAzur Mon 29-Feb-16 21:55:44

Izlet - No, Ezgi has a normal-sounding i at the end. Like the i in it.

"Strangled i" grin Are you thinking of the letter "i without a dot"?

BatmanLovesPeaceAndQuiet Mon 29-Feb-16 21:58:17

Never knew Devrim means revolution - every day's a learning day!

AnneElliott Mon 29-Feb-16 22:04:05

I like Deriya for a girl. My friend is called Dee for short.

maitaimojito Mon 29-Feb-16 22:05:09

I know a Mesut, Bilal, Emre and Nazmi which I find easy to pronounce.

OverAndAbove Mon 29-Feb-16 22:08:37

I love Ayse for a girl; fairly sure that's Turkish. There are some really lovely names here!

OttiliaVonBCup Mon 29-Feb-16 22:10:27


means love, but more dark, passionate, sometimes forbidden.
I think

Izlet Mon 29-Feb-16 22:25:28

Cote, yes I am. Sorry for the bad description! grin

AuntJane Mon 29-Feb-16 23:10:41

For girls, Kayla, Rabia, Suzan.

CocktailQueen Mon 29-Feb-16 23:12:15

I know an Enes (8yo) - no idea what it means, but lovely boy.

Sophronia Tue 01-Mar-16 00:29:49


MyFriendsCallMeOh Tue 01-Mar-16 00:51:02

I knew a Turkish Cypriot girl called Zerin (zeh-reen) growing up, not sure if this is a traditional name or its meaning but I always thought it was pretty.

Fugghetaboutit Tue 01-Mar-16 01:01:32

Ayse (Aysha)
Pembe (pink)

Cem (Jem)

MangosteenSoda Tue 01-Mar-16 01:02:23

I met a Turkish Melis (pron Mel-eece). Pretty girl with a pretty name!

Hberries Tue 01-Mar-16 01:25:01

Melis, Selin, Deniz, Leyla, Ayla
Sinan, Bener, Aydan,

English/ international names that are easily pronounced by Turkish speakers: James, Isabella, Ben, Charles, Robert, Sienna, Olivia,

Sadmother Tue 01-Mar-16 02:02:48

We had a babysitter called Senay, her daughter was Yasemin and her son Emre. All very pretty names.

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