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  1. #6
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    If you're okay with Arabic names that aren't specifically Muslim, Laith is one of my favorites. It means lion in Arabic.

  2. #8
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    One of my favorite names is Falak, which means star. It's cute and I don't think it's very uncommon.
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  3. #10
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    Sakina is a name I was unfamiliar with until I spoke with one for work purposes. After speaking with her (and yes, I did tell her how beautiful I thought it was!), I looked it up. It is extremely lovely with just as beautiful a meaning. Although not listed on Nameberry, it definitely has the kind of background you are looking for without too much "ethicity". Sakina Zeleka is quite gorgeous. Sorry, I don't have any boy suggestions, but I'm definitely partial to Gabriel!

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  4. #12
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    I have no real Muslim or Arab heritage, so I may not be the best source, but I've studied the Arabic language for a while and have therefore become familiar with a lot of the names. I paid the most attention to the girl names, so I'll probably stick with examples of them. Your best bet is to research a little yourself, but I can give you a few possibilities I like that come from Arab culture without sounding too ethnic.

    I personally like the name you mentioned, Layla, a lot. I also like Zhara/Zara, but the sound of Zara Zeleka would depend on your taste. I like it, but some others might not. A few others for girls I like:

    Maryam/Miriam
    Jamila
    Yasmin
    Samira/Zamira
    Zaina (I have a friend with this name and she was raised Muslim)
    Sumayya (my first Arabic teacher's name)
    Qadira
    Nadia
    Muna
    Farrah
    Ameerah/Amira
    Ameenah/Amina
    Almira
    Aneesa
    Qamar
    Basima
    Dimah
    Adara

    I can also suggest a few options for boys:

    Jamil/Jamal
    Ebrahim (a friend of mine who is Muslim has this name)
    Abdul
    Abdallah
    Basul
    Faisal
    Anwar
    Amir
    Ammiras
    Hamal
    Ismail
    Malik
    Nasser
    Omar
    Sulaiman
    Yusuf
    Yushua
    Zayd/Zaid
    Zaki

  5. #14
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    Nov 2012
    Location
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    There's a lot of beautiful Arabic names that I really love and totally would use if I had some sort of connection to an Arabic country/Arabic culture. I don't know how popular/old-fashioned these names are though, I just think these names are really beautiful

    Boys:
    Ashraf
    Eisa
    Hamdan
    Hamzah
    Hashem
    Hashim
    Khaled
    Khalifa
    Majid
    Rashid
    Reza
    Sajid
    Yasin

    Girls:
    Aisha
    Alia
    Al Jalila
    Azra
    Basmah
    Fahdah
    Farida
    Fatima
    Haalah
    Haya
    Iman
    Jalilah
    Khadijah
    Mahra
    Maryam
    Noor
    Raiyah
    Rajaa
    Rayet
    Salma
    Yara
    Zainab
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