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  1. #1
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    Thoughts on these Arabic names

    Hi all. I received a wonderfully warm response to my daughter's middle name, Noor. If we have future children (most definitely none in the works now) I would like to like to give them Arabic middles as well. Since we're largely an English-speaking community here with no knowledge of Arabic, I wanted to run these by you. Which do you like? Which sound pretty to the average English speaker? Which look strange or difficult to pronounce?

    Sahar ("dawn")
    Hayat ("life")
    Nadra ("radiance")
    Farah ("joy")
    Hanan ("mercy")
    Iman ("faith")
    Manaar ("guiding light")
    Najat ("safety")
    Nasrine (a wild rose)
    Nasim ("fresh breeze")
    Qamar ("full moon")
    Raja ("hope")
    Rahma ("God's mercy")
    Sahla ("soft, flowing")
    Safaa ("purity, serenity")
    Sanaa ("brilliance, splendor")
    Zahra ("white;" "flower")

    As you can see these are all 2-syllable names. Many Arabic female names are three syllables ending in -a, but for a middle slot I think this phonetic pattern fits best. Please suggest others that you like, but keep in mind our family is not Muslim so anything overtly linked to Islam probably won't work.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael; Julian Victor
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Allaire * Emmanuelle * Honora * Lysandra * Marina * Rosamond * Serena * Sylvie * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lucian * Marius * Quentin * Rainier * Silvan

    Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ / Altair _ Faraj _ Tariq

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    I absolutely love Iman, Sanaa, Sahar, Rahma, Zahra and Qamar. I think the majority are fairly easy to pronounce though, since they're mostly phonetically spelt. Maybe a couple of 'unusually' placed Hs and 'extra' As might throw people, and the Q or I sounds might confuse a couple, but you shouldn't have many issues. Plus if it's in the middle, it doesn't matter a lot, surely? The ones which translate best I think...
    Nadra, Farah, Hanan, Nasrine and Zahra (especially with it's recent celeb-endorsement). They're at least the easiest to spell.

    I can't offer much in way of suggestions - but one of my favourite Arabic names is Noor (I've always thought it was beautifully placed in your daughter's name). I also like Imani a lot, but I agree Iman would probably work best for a middle name. I know a couple of Laylas with Arabic-speaking parents, since it translates so well into English and I believe it has several other origins - it's Arabic meaning of ''night'' is lovely though.

    I discovered Taja on Nameberry a while ago which I think is lovely.
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    Thank you, olivia! I knew the male name Taj (meaning 'crown') but had not heard Taja. The problem with Hs is that they are nearly always voiced in Arabic (an actual "hah" breathy sound) whereas in English they're mainly silent, except at the beginning of words. Hmm. Maybe avoid Hs except at syllable breaks like Sahar.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael; Julian Victor
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Allaire * Emmanuelle * Honora * Lysandra * Marina * Rosamond * Serena * Sylvie * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lucian * Marius * Quentin * Rainier * Silvan

    Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ / Altair _ Faraj _ Tariq

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    These are the ones I think sound nicest...

    Farah (reminds me of Farrah Fawcett)
    Iman (reminds me of the model)
    Nadra
    Nasrine
    Rahma
    Sahar
    Sahla
    Zahra

    These are the ones I don't really like...

    Hanan
    Hayat
    Manaar
    Najat
    Nasim
    Qamar
    Raja
    Safaa (dislike the double letter ending)
    Sanaa (see above)

    A lot of the ones in the "don't really like" section sound masculine to me, even though I know they're girls names.
    ~ Mother of Violet Elizabeth Rose ~

    FUTURE DAUGHTER: AUDREY, BEATRIX OR DAPHNE
    FUTURE SON: FREDERICK, HENRY OR THEODORE

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    That's great feedback, thanks Sarah.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael; Julian Victor
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Allaire * Emmanuelle * Honora * Lysandra * Marina * Rosamond * Serena * Sylvie * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lucian * Marius * Quentin * Rainier * Silvan

    Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ / Altair _ Faraj _ Tariq

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