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August 19th, 2013 02:58 PM #6Senior Member
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August 19th, 2013 03:09 PM #8
One of my favorite names is Falak, which means star. It's cute and I don't think it's very uncommon.WTTC 2017
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August 19th, 2013 03:24 PM #10
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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August 19th, 2013 04:01 PM #12Junior Member
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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:
Zaina (I have a friend with this name and she was raised Muslim)
Sumayya (my first Arabic teacher's name)
I can also suggest a few options for boys:
Ebrahim (a friend of mine who is Muslim has this name)
August 19th, 2013 07:39 PM #14
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
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