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MrsLester Sun 18-Sep-16 22:04:44

Hi Mums
I'm 26 weeks pregnant right now and I'm due on 25/12/16 . And it'll be me and my husbands first child together grin.

We found out that we're having a little boy and are tied between two names and I thought that you lovely mums could help us.

Me and my hubby are both obsessed with lions so we've picked names have the word *Lion* included.

The first name we picked is *Haidar* which means King of the jungle.
The second name we picked is *Yeruslan* which means lion.

The middle name is *Phillip* after my hubby smile.

Thanks for the help

Love MrsLester XX.

stiffstink Sun 18-Sep-16 22:13:40

I prefer Yeruslan to Haider as I say "hey der" in an Irish accent in my head.

Do you have any Russian/Slavic connection? Not essential of course but it seems a bit of a far out choice when the obvious name to me would be Leo.

Have you considered Aslan, Raa Raa or Parsley? 😉

SeashellHoarder Sun 18-Sep-16 22:19:27

Honestly, I've never heard of either
Of the two I prefer Haidar, it reminds me of Hayden.
I know you've not asked for suggestions, but I rather like Lyon for a boy.
Also Leo /Leonidas

MrsLester Sun 18-Sep-16 22:28:39

It's a mixed vote at the moment.No we are both British.I like Leo and the other names but they are popular and we prefer a unique name. Haha very funny stiffstink.

Wolfiefan Sun 18-Sep-16 22:31:04

I would think about which goes better with your surname. But neither name goes with your chosen middle name. It's a bit weird to choose names because of an animal you like. I wouldn't if you don't have links to that culture. It's a bit odd.

Redlocks28 Sun 18-Sep-16 22:32:58

There is a Haidar in my DS's class. Lovely little boy-I quite like it. You may have spelling issues as I know he is forever getting people spelling it as Haydar.

DramaLlamaa Sun 18-Sep-16 22:39:33

Zaki is Hausa (an african language) for Lion
Leon (filipino and French? I think for lion)
Singa is Indonesian
Raiona is Maori

MrsLester Sun 18-Sep-16 22:40:11

Yes Yeruslan is from a fairytale and it is a very unique name. That's why we both chose it.We are both British and are obsessed with lions also we agreed that my husband would name the first boy . Thanks everyone for the nice comments . Me and my hubby are both nudging towards Yeruslan now knowing that Haidar is a girls name. Which is weird because the site i was on classed it as a boys name.

katemess12 Mon 19-Sep-16 10:33:38

How about Aslan?

I prefer it, plus it has obvious lion connotations. smile

That being said, I know a guy named Ruslan, which is a diminutive/shortened form of Yeruslan, and it seems more intuitive/straight forward for English speakers.

Pipilangstrumpf Mon 19-Sep-16 11:29:00

I like them both, but slightly prefer Haidar. Choose whichever you prefer and which goes better with your surname. (Middle names are so very rarely used that I wouldn't worry about it fitting with the others).

CitizenBloom Mon 19-Sep-16 12:48:59

I would think and research very carefully before using a name from a culture about which you know nothing/a language you don't speak, based on a baby name book or website, as they often contain completely factually inaccurate information about the gender, meaning, associations of the name etc. As you are discovering.

Also, you keep saying you and your husband are 'obsessed with lions', as if this constitutes an adequate rationale for your names - but this is a real child you are naming, not a stuffed toy or cute accessory to your hobbies. A child may perfectly well not want his identity determined or 'themed' by a passing fad of his parents'. This is about someone else's identity, not your obsession.

HandmaidsTail Mon 19-Sep-16 12:51:48

Giving your child a 'unique' name from a fairytale because you're both obsessed by lions...if I was you I'd stick with Philip and give him crazy-fictional-lion name as the middle name.

MotherDuckSaid Mon 19-Sep-16 12:53:26

Leo means lion and Leonard means lion hard 😊

gratesnakes Mon 19-Sep-16 12:57:53


MrsSecker Mon 19-Sep-16 13:04:28

Yeruslan? Poor child

HandmaidsTail Mon 19-Sep-16 13:16:12

Absolutely PMSL at Rory!!! grin

GoNorthDarren Mon 19-Sep-16 13:17:43

A former colleague of mine is Pakistani and has a little boy named Aslaan. I think it's beautiful. It means lion, but the colleague pronounces it with more emphasis on the second syllable and a long 'a' sound. The colleague chose it because his father has a lion related name too. He did tell me what it is but I can't remember it.

Aslan is a perfectly legitimate name as well though. I think it's Turkish. CS Lewis must have used the Turkish word for lion as a name for the lion in his books (I guess).

Neither of your choices are really my cup of tea (sorry) but I guess if was to choose I would go for Haider.

AuntieStella Mon 19-Sep-16 13:41:31

Haidar (various transliterations) is a pretty common Arabic boys name (I know 3).

Yeruslan sounds as if it should be a Slav name (sort of a cross between the place names Yerevan and Ruslan) and it might work, depending on how it 'sits' with your surname.

Leo, Leon, Lionel, Leonard and Felix might be others to consider.

RiverTam Mon 19-Sep-16 13:46:25

I knew an Aslan once. Once you got over it it was just his name. He didn't really live up to it, though, he was pretty dull.

Bambambini Mon 19-Sep-16 14:45:54

Haidar is generally a muslim name, i know a few. Lovely name but think carefullu about naming your child from other cultures/ religions/ languages etc.

Soubriquet Mon 19-Sep-16 14:49:39

What about Simba grin

I don't like either of those names tbh

Leo/Leon is fine but common now like you said

gratesnakes Mon 19-Sep-16 16:02:21


WankersHacksandThieves Mon 19-Sep-16 18:13:28

Rory grin - top class gratesnakes

CancellyMcChequeface Mon 19-Sep-16 18:57:53


Also lion-related.

Crunchymum Mon 19-Sep-16 19:46:20

Agree with the poster who said you shouldn't extend your lion obsession to your unborn child by giving them a weird name as it fits in with your hobby

I must admit to being slightly obsessed by lions though. Does this mean you dress up as them and roam around pretending to be lions? Or all your rooms are safari inspired? Or do you have a ton of lion memorabilia hanging about?

Please enlighten me!!

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