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    Rayhan Rees and....

    Our first son's name is Rayhan Rees (he's about 2.5 years old now), and we're hoping our choice for our second kid matches the first one well, but has a different background origin.

    Rayhan = 'the dawning of a good sign' in Chinese (瑞 晗), 'favored by God' in Arabic, 'heavenly flower; wise' in Persian, and 'little prince' in Sanskrit (and is sometimes considered a variant for an Old English name (Rayan) meaning 'brilliant', Rayan is also the long version of the name Ian (the Irish variation of John = "God is gracious")

    Rees= a variant spelling of Rhys (Welsh = ardor), spelled this way due to several generations of use in family history with this spelling

    What names come to mind that sound good together with Rayhan (pronounced: RAY-hawn)? A name with a good meaning (or multiple meanings) from any originating language (preferably something with ancient origins), that sounds good next to Rayhan.

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    Hari = lion in Sanskrit, close to "hare!" (hail, honor), the English name Harry (from Henry or Harald); somewhat similar to Hadi ("to rightfully guide" in Arabic)

    Imran = Arabic form of Amram, "exalted father"; close to Iman, 'faith,' and Zimran, "holy" in Hebrew

    Janan = derived from Latin Janus, meaning 'gateway, crossroads.' very close to Arabic for 'garden, paradise' and the Hindi word for 'the world.'

    Kamal = perfection in Arabic. Close to kamala, the lotus flower, in Sanskrit, which has great religious importance.

    Mirza= Persian for prince; close to Slavic Mircea (as in Eliade)

    Miran = beautiful Slavic name meaning peace; Clse to Greek Miron (myrrh, worth more than gold in the ancient world) and Welsh Meirion, manly.
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    XY: Antoine Raphael
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Aurea * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Fleur * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrrine * Rosamond * Seraphine * Sylvana * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Quentin * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Farah / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Tariq

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    Thanks for the ideas Blade! There are some nice names there.

    Miran is a very beautiful name, but if I'm pronouncing it correctly it sounds pretty feminine (like Mira with an N). Miron/Myron is a decent name that we have considered, but there's something about it that feels like it's not quite hitting the spot. I'm curious, is Meirion is pronounced the same as Miron/Myron?

    Mircea is also quite a nice name, but maybe sounds a bit to similar to 'mercy' to work.

    Janus/Janan are two others I quite like too, but again feels too feminine (Janus sounds like Jannice-- and Janan feels like a longer version of Jan)

    This time around we're trying to move away from Persian/Arabic/Sanskrit names (we like name diversity in the family--- and have a lot of it in my extended family, hitting every corner of the globe), so a few of those (Kamal, Imran, Hari, Mirza, Janan) aren't quite what we're looking for, though there are some nice names in the mix.

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    For example, two Welsh names we like, Emrys and Caian, I feel like their sound works well next to Rayhan. They're definitely distinctly different origins, but we want different origins that still feel nice next to each other.
    Rayhan and Emrys
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    Rayhan and Caian

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    Miran is emphasized on the second syllable-- mih-RAHN. The first syllable, Mir, means 'peace' like the international space station Mir.

    Meirion has three syllable-- May-ree-on.

    Janan is pronounced similarly -- zha-NAHN. The two names rhyme.

    Ok, something with Western European roots:

    Ivor-- multiple etymologies, mostly related to the yew tree (which has enormous pre-Christian significance throughout Europe), also Welsh for 'lord.'

    Giles-- originally the Greek Aegidius, imported via Norman French Gilles. Patron saint of the disabled

    Aldo-- on-trend variant of ancient Germanic Adal, meaning 'noble.' the royal prefix for the Anglo-Saxons, aethel, is related. Aldous is another variant.
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    XY: Antoine Raphael
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Aurea * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Fleur * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrrine * Rosamond * Seraphine * Sylvana * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Quentin * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Farah / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Tariq

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