Thoughts on the name 'Aslan'

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sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:36:28

My OH is Turkish and we've trying to agree on a name for a little boy (we have a girls name already).

We want a Turkish name with no special characters that is easy to pronounce in both Turkish and English. Asian means 'lion' in Turkish and is also the name of the lion from the Chronicles of Narnia, which I love.

What do you think? Is it too 'out there'?

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PiafPilaf Sun 12-Jan-20 16:37:13

It’s not a bad name but I’d just think of the lion on the TV programme...

stripeypillowcase Sun 12-Jan-20 16:38:06

I like it and especially with the heritage it's a nice name.
I went to school with an alpaslan, which means mountain lion.

Honeyroar Sun 12-Jan-20 16:38:25

I think of the lion too and would think it was strange, but if you had Turkish roots I guess I’d understand more.

Lumene Sun 12-Jan-20 16:39:18

Naming child after a fictional character which dies horribly would be a no for me.

NewName73 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:40:43

No, because Aslan in the LWW is supposed to be God.

I'd think it was very odd.

74NewStreet Sun 12-Jan-20 16:41:52

It’s really bad...


MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Jan-20 16:43:36

I like the name and I know one (Punjabi heritage). But white Brits will always associate it's with Narnia. And the weird religious connotations of that.

NewName73 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:44:04

Sorry, not God but Jesus.

In one of his last letters, Lewis wrote, "Since Narnia is a world of Talking Beasts, I thought He [Christ] would become a Talking Beast there, as He became a man here. I pictured Him becoming a lion there because (a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; (b) Christ is called "The Lion of Judah" in the Bible; (c) I'd been having strange dreams about lions when I began writing the work.

Elieza Sun 12-Jan-20 16:44:54

No because in your post Aslan has autocorrected to Asian! The name isn’t recognised! I hate autocorrect though....!
At least it didn’t autocorrect to anything offensive or stupid right enough, but still, Asian isn’t his name.

SaintGarbo Sun 12-Jan-20 16:46:51

My son went to school with a Aslan 30 years ago. I always thought it was a nice name.

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:46:52

Thanks everyone. It's so hard trying to find a name to suit both cultures!
I hate most Turkish boys names 🙈

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MikeUniformMike Sun 12-Jan-20 16:47:26

It's the name of a friend's dog (GSD) so it's a no from me.

StillWeRise Sun 12-Jan-20 16:47:41

In this country it will always be the lion in Narnia, it's a very. very well known book, and I bet very few people will know it's a proper name in Turkish.

Bigearringsbigsmile Sun 12-Jan-20 16:49:59


wowfudge Sun 12-Jan-20 16:50:40

I like it - sounds as though it fits. So what if the character in LWW is supposed to be Jesus, plenty of people in Spanish speaking places are actually called Jesus!

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Jan-20 16:52:34

Adam? Boring but fits.

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nocoolnamesleft Sun 12-Jan-20 16:53:41

Aslan, in the Chronicles of Narnia, is very clearly a Christ figure. That isn't necessarily a reason not to use the name, but needs to be borne in mind...

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:53:51

Thanks for the suggestions @Bigearringsbigsmile but OH hates Adem (turkish spelling of Adam) and our nephew is Daniel.

I do like Eren and Evren but OH hates them. He likes Hayat, Kadir, Kemal, Serkan and Hasan.

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MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Jan-20 16:54:43


sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:55:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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ArtichokeAardvark Sun 12-Jan-20 16:55:42

I like it but would never use it because it's just too linked to the Narnia books (I love them, but wouldn't saddle a child with such a distinctive character's name) However, with his Turkish heritage you could get away with it!

claracluck78 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:55:40

It's also the name of a minor bit-part character in a novel I read recently. He was a cool TV runner/researcher I think.

My first thought when reading that was 'I'll there be a reference to Narnia?'

Porpoises Sun 12-Jan-20 16:57:59

Its fine having a book character, but a book character who is an allegory for God? That seems weird to me.

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