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Oh help! English sounding muslim boys names

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difficultdecision Fri 07-Aug-09 16:24:51

We have a lovely DS (Adam) and am now 15 weeks pregnant with what is probably another little boy according to the most recent scan.

Obviously we are delighted either way but a girl would have been easier as we have a handful of girls names that we love already.

The complicating factor is that we are an english muslim family, with both muslim and non muslim grandparents to bear in mind and a few german speaking relatives thrown in (just don't ask!)

Names we quite like,


erm, that's it and we already have a daniyal and an isaac in our circle (although not that close).

can anyone suggest any more?

Tortington Fri 07-Aug-09 16:26:01


TwoHot Fri 07-Aug-09 17:31:08


A lot of names cross over very nicely have a nice sound. Perhaps once a name 'belongs' to a baby it transcends its origins in a family?

pranma Sat 08-Aug-09 14:44:14


HerHonesty Sat 08-Aug-09 19:59:43



Firawla Sat 08-Aug-09 21:54:21

TwoHot you can't call a baby Rabb!! i think it would be considered Haraam, that's for Allah.. :\

Zakariyya is always a good one for english people to find easy i think

even Ibrahim & Bilal are quite easy for people? or Rayan?

foreverchanges Sat 08-Aug-09 22:03:48

aman ?

foreverchanges Sat 08-Aug-09 22:08:49

sorry aman prob to much like adam

i like kamran

rayan is a beautiful name

wheresclaire Sat 08-Aug-09 22:19:22

I love Sami. Is it pronounced like Sammy?

bluemango Sat 08-Aug-09 22:57:55

Weird, we're in exactly the same position (including the handful of German speaking relatives!).

I can't really help, though, as we keep coming back to Noah, Daniyal, Adam and Aden.

BTW do you know if spelling/pronouncing it Noah (as opposed to Nuh or Nooh) is ok? I would think that because it refers to the same person it should be, and I know names don't have to be Arabic, but I've had mixed reactions.

We've only got a few weeks left so I'll be watching this thread. Good luck!

lovemybabyboy Sat 08-Aug-09 23:05:53

ousman (could shorten to Ozzy)
Harun (could shorten to Harry)
Arun (sounds a bit like Arron)
Tijan (could shorten to T-jay)
Barack (Could shorten to Barry)
I like all the names on your list too, especially Sami and Noah.

victoriascrumptious Sat 08-Aug-09 23:09:01

Sayid. Is that Muslim? Totally love that name

difficultdecision Sun 09-Aug-09 08:44:37

Thanks everyone, I like Zaki and Zayn, Harun is nice too and we know a lovely Harun that goes by Harry so it wouldn't 'feel' strange if you see what I mean. Ibrahim is nice but I know too many little 'ibby's at the moment and I like Zakariyya but DH doesn't (he's ok with Zaki)

Wheresclaire - yes Sami sounds just like sami so can be shortened to sam.

Bluemango - salaams! nice to hear from someone in the same position. The debate about anglicising arabic names is complicated but a lot of scholars have said it is fine and since it only has to be a good meaning name - not even an arabic name - we would go for Noah as Nuh is hard to pronounce for english speakers and would probably end up sounding like Nur which is much more a girls name.

HerHonesty Sun 09-Aug-09 08:47:13

harun/arun is a hindu name, no?

pseudoname Sun 09-Aug-09 08:49:22

Laith - it means lion smile

pseudoname Sun 09-Aug-09 08:50:17

Laith is Arabic so a lot of Muslims use it.

cascade Sun 09-Aug-09 09:26:59


Do you want turkish muslim names or asian muslim names, just going through class lists of pupils I teach!!

duchesse Sun 09-Aug-09 09:32:23

My friend's two boys are called Sameer (always known as Sam) and Adam. Their cousin is Zac (full name is whatever Zachary/ Zacariah is in Arabic, can't remember what).

saadia Sun 09-Aug-09 09:45:49

foreverchanges SIL's dcs are called Kamran and Rayyan and funnily enough she had a patient (she's a GP) whose dcs were called Cameron and Ryan.

difficultdecision a friend of mine recently called her ds Mikhail but I think there is some debate over whether or not angel's names are permissible.

I know they are not that English sounding but I really like Hashim and Hamzah - they are easy to pronounce. Or what about Daoud (David).

msled Sun 09-Aug-09 09:50:20

Zak/Zac is a good shortening to lots of those names. Sami is nice.

TwoHot Sun 09-Aug-09 11:45:04


difficultdecision Sun 09-Aug-09 11:57:57

HerHonesty - Aaron/Haroon was Moses' brother and a prophet in Islam.

cascade - either are fine

saadia - it's hard as I do like david and it's a family name but I struggle with daud/dawud/daoud. I could anglacise it but as it is so easy to pronounce in arabic I would feel a bit bad for doing so. Rayyan is nice.

ScummyMummy Sun 09-Aug-09 12:08:09


Tryharder Sun 09-Aug-09 13:30:44

Omar is nice. Wanted to call DS2 Omar but DH wouldn't let me. Love Zachary also but again, vetoed by DH!!!!

My friend's DS is Jamal - it's Muslim but sort of cross cultural, almost American.

nomorecake Sun 09-Aug-09 15:45:05

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