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February 8th, 2013 04:12 PM #6Senior Member
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- London, England
Ooh, and Noor! Means "light" in Arabic.My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
February 8th, 2013 05:17 PM #8Senior Member
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I like Aaliyah but it is very popular. I feel the same way about Leila. Not sure the popularity would keep me from using them though.
Qiturah - The Q pretty much assures it's not going to go popular but I've seen Keturah bandied around on Nameberry as very pretty and Qiturah deserves a shot too.
Rahimah - Merciful, compassionate (I think possibly related to Biblical Ruchama)
Takiyah - Pious, righteous
Zella - Nameberry has it listed as a Bobangi name. I admit I was just mining for Z names when I found it but I think it's really pretty.
Zakiya - "Pure," and I think Zak as a girl's NN is ultra-spunky. But because I've seen a number of spellings I looked it up just now and found:
Zakiya, Zakia, Zakiyya or Zakieh may represent two different female given names of Muslim origin, namely Arabic: زكية , meaning "pure", corresponding the male name Zaki, and Arabic: ذكيه , meaning "intelligent".
February 8th, 2013 05:43 PM #10
Firstly, how fascinating for a Caribbean person to move to Iran.
@stripedsocks-- exactly, Zaki has two meanings, so it's a nice double-etymology ("zaki" is an everyday word in Arabic, "Shu Zaki!" "How clever," etc).
Many of my favorites were covered on ottilie's list, but I did want to give you the website I've found to be extremely reliable and comprehensive for Arabic baby names. It's muslimbabynames dot net, but it appears to currently be down. Hmm.
Anyway, I also like:
Soraya (very elegant Persian name related to the Pleiades)
Aqila / Akilah "clever, wise"
Basima "smiling" or Basma "smile"
Fairouz "tuquoise," one of the most popular singers in the Arab world
Ghada "graceful" [pronounced with the Arabic gh, difficult for most]
Hadjara variant of Hagar, mother of Ishmael, Muslim devotional name
Lamis "soft to the touch" [pr la-MEES]
Nadira "most rare"
Najwa "secret" (another extremely popular singer)
Najia "saved, safe"
Reem "wild antelope" [pre-Islam Arabic name]
Ruqayyah "rise, ascend"
Sabah "morning" [popular singer]
Shafiqa "compassionate, merciful"
Tabassum "she who is smiling"
Yasmin versus tired Jasmine
Zaahira "shining, radiant"
Zuleika "brilliant beauty;" historical connection as a ravishingly beautiful woman
I don't speak Farsi but do find so many Persian names lovely. I do think the -oo sound is tough here. It's especially common to compare a girl to the moon, and I like many of those names (Mahsa, Mahine, Mahtab). I really like Nasrin but it's kind of a middle-aged name in the Middle East currently. Shirin is perenially popular and is very pretty.
None of these are the strong, hard-core devotional Muslim names (Aisha, Khadijah, Fatima, etc) so if she is particularly devout these might be too modern for her.XY: Antoine Raphael (3.1.2012)
XX: Cassia Viviane Noor (11.30.2013)
February 8th, 2013 05:52 PM #12
Canada and stayed with relatives, and the rest of her sisters and parents are in England.
It's really quite fascinating how international they are, to me at least. :P
Zaki is also a nickname for Zachariah ( prn Zack-ah-ree-ah) the Arabic version of Zachariah. I'm adding this one to the list.
Aw, that's unfortunate the site's down, it would've been a great help. Of the names you suggested, I love love Soraya! Nadira, Reem, Ruqayyah, Yasmin, Zuleika, Mahsa are great suggestions. Thank you!
Funny your mention of Nasrin, we know a middle aged Nasreen and a middleaged Shirin.
She's pretty modern, so I think that your suggestions are well suited.
February 8th, 2013 06:54 PM #14Senior Member
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I'm not sure of how they read (modern, middle-aged, etc) but some of my favorites that I didn't see mentioned yet:
Zaynab / Zayna
Anahita (loveeeee this one)
African Middles Names (as per behindthename.com) that I like:
Abeni - "we asked for her, and behold, we got her" in Yoruba
Adaeze - "king's daughter" in Igbo
Adanna - "father's daughter" in Igbo
Ayodele - "joy has come home" in Yoruba
Ebele - "mercy, kindness" in Igbo
Nia - "purpose" in Swahili
Zuri - "beautiful" in Swahili
Ekene - "praise" in Igbo"Don't try to be modern, it's the most old-fashioned thing there is," - Attilio, The Tiger and the Snow
Domenico/Dominic, Gianfranco/Gianpaolo, Giacomo, Antonio, Raphael, Calogero, Leopold, Angelo, Giorgio, Alban, Malachi, Dante, Mirek, Dario, Lionel, Asa
Katarina/Caterina, Irena, Silvia, Aniela, Delfina, Raffaella, Apollonia, Cecilia, Pasqualina, Rosalind/Rosina, Josephine, Allegra, Alba, Leokadia, Annunziata, Bronya, Antonella, Adrasteia, Vincenza, Althea, Eurydice, Regina