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    Khmer baby names in Canada

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    Adam
    Amara M deity
    Arun/Aeron F/M morning sun; name of the sun god
    Bora
    Chai
    Channa M/F
    Channary F chan + nary
    Chanya F
    Dana
    Danny
    Daren
    Daven
    Davy [dah vee] F
    Fey
    Jaya
    Kanika F
    Keo
    Kiri M mountain
    Lena/Lyna/Lina F
    Lisa
    Lorn
    Meara
    Melanie
    Monica(Monika)
    Mora
    Narith M/F
    Nary [nea ree] F girl/woman
    Navy [nah vee] F
    Nisa
    Pan
    Parin
    Pila
    Rane
    Red
    Rida F
    Ravi/Ravy F
    Ron
    Roth
    Salone F beauty
    Sarath M
    Sareth
    Sarey F/M free
    Sarika
    Sarin M/F a Khmer province in present-day Thailand
    Sam
    Sina F
    Sonith M good conduct or manners; good law
    Sony F
    Sophea M/F wisdom
    Sophon F beauty
    Sophy F
    Soriya
    Sorya/Soriya F/M sun
    Sovanna M dream
    Sovanni/Sovanny F gold
    Srey F girl/lady
    Theara M/F
    Thom M/F oldest one; large
    Thida/Thyda F angelic girl
    Viney
    Yan F/M
    Zorida
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    I've known a handful of Cambodians through work and their names have never been a problem to pronounce, well at least to me. I'm obviously more sensitive to names. The ones already hyperlinked would be an easy place to start. I knew one girl that wants to name her daughter Kaliyanei (F beautiful, lovely, attractive) which I LOVE. The hardest names are the ones with combinations almost never seen in English like CHH combinations ... This hurts our little brains! Sovanna is very pretty too! Are you leaning toward any name in particular?
    Last edited by poppy528; March 25th, 2013 at 09:06 PM. Reason: homonym fix
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    I think many of those names can work in Canada, although it will depend on where you live. I'm in Toronto, and we're pretty used to foreign-sounding names, but if you're in a small town you may get more confusion.

    Names for your list that I would avoid: Adam (for a girl); Chai (too commonly known as tea); any name starting with Chh (for pronunciation); Davy (sounds like a nn for David); Fang (teeth); Hung (...like a horse); Kampucheabot (long and pronunciation issues); Krum (sounds like crumb); Leap (as in to jump); Mann; Monkol (too close to monkey); Navy (colour and military force); On; Peap (too close to peep); Pisey (looks like "pissy"); Red; Ron (a man's name, also spanish word for rum); Sayonara (most people know it's Japanese for goodbye); Somaly/Somalia (there are a lot of Somalis in Canada); Sony (electronics); names starting with Sr (pronunciation); Thai (nationality, plus Thai food is so popular); Touch; Yum (as in yummy food)

    The rest you could potentially use, but the ones I think most usable are below. I've put a * next to my favourites.
    A - Akara/Akera, *Amara, Arun
    B - Bora
    C - Chan, Charya, *Channa, Charya, Chenda,
    D - Dana, *Dara, Daren, Daven, Devi
    F - Fey
    H - Hatha
    J - Jaya
    K - *Kanika, *Keriya, Kiri
    L - Lena/Lyna/Lina, Lini, Lisa
    M - Mala, Masa, *Makara, Meara, Melanie, Monica, Mora
    N - Narin, Nary, Nisa, Nitha
    P - Panja, Pila, Pola
    R - Rane (is this like "rain", or like "rah-ne"?), Ratha, Ravi (although I see this as an Indian male name), Rida
    S - Salone, Samai, Sarann, Saray, *Sarika, *Sayana, Saru, Sina, Sophea, Sorya, *Soriya, *Sovanna
    T - Thida
    V - *Vannara, Vanta, *Veha
    Z - Zorida
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

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    Its nice to see what other people think my name is khmer and i love it but my brother and sister have always hated their names, thats the last thing i would want for my kid but i guess times are changing since when we grew up i think its probably more acceptable nowadays to go for more different names. I love Kaliyanei, but there is a young khmer woman in our small community with that name already, same with the names Mara and Dara. I also like Polida, or Polina (although that's a Russian name). Sayanna, Thida, Sina, Nisa and Rida could also be options. I came across the name Saven pronounced Sa-vane which I think is quite nice as well! I'm just so fickle with names haha

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