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  1. #1
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    Help us find an Arabic name that sounds international!

    Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can help?

    We have about 10 weeks to find a good boy's name for our new baby, and I'm getting worried! My husband is Palestinian and I'm German/Canadian, and we'd like to find something that sounds relatively international (i.e. can be pronounced well in several languages). We're both have a Christian background, so we'd like to steer away from names like Mohammed, although I find many Muslim names beautiful - and many names in the Middle East are used by both Christians and Muslims. Some Christian Arabs have French-influenced names, which we personally love, but since we have no French connections and are not Lebanese/Syrian, we are not sure if that's the way to go.

    To give you an idea of what we like, here are a few on our list, although none of these is really a 'winner' for us:

    Josephe
    George (I love! although we know too many baby Georges )
    Laith
    Basel
    Issa

    We are willing to relax our 'rules' if we really like the name!

  2. #3
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    Hi Mariaplum , congrats to you and welcome to Nameberry. Here are some Arabic male names that I think would be the most easily pronounced. Since you are Christian, perhaps a Biblical name in a Arabic form would work (eg. Jibril = Gabriel). I have included some of these names below. Hope you find one you like.

    Hamza
    Khalil
    Omar
    Malik
    Youssef / Yusef = Joseph
    Khalid
    Ibrahim = Abraham
    Ismail = Ismael
    Faisal
    Farid
    Salim
    Samir
    Nasir
    Munir
    Noor
    Salam
    Zafir
    Sulaiman - Solomon
    Haroun - Aaron
    Tariq
    Sharif
    Aban
    Adil
    Amir
    Azhar
    Basim
    Ghassan
    Faruq / Farouk
    Harith
    Hashim / Hashem
    Hassan
    Hisham
    Idris
    Jibril = Gabriel
    Khaldun
    Lukman
    Maimun
    Mousa
    Nizam
    Numair
    Rahman
    Rashid
    Sa'id
    Sabir
    Suhail
    Tahir
    Uthman
    Zaid
    Zuhayr
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  3. #5
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    I know too Egyptian/Syrian boys named Laith and Seif, but the pronunciation is anglicized to "Layth" and "Safe" as opposed to the Arabic "Ly-eeth" and "Sy-eef." No one has any trouble with it, and the boys love their names! I think Laith works especially well, as it's also a variation of the surname Latham.

  4. #7
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    I forgot to mention that Seif goes by the nicknames "Soof" and "Soofy" as well. Here are some other Arabic names, many of which sound or are very multi-cultural:

    Aalem
    Adal/Adel
    Gabir
    Ilias
    Ismail
    Halil
    Halim
    Maimon
    Malek/Malik
    Mannan
    Matin (though in Canada perhaps you don't want to name your son "morning")
    Momen
    Murad
    Noor
    Obadias
    Rafe — German AND Arabic!! This might be a winner...
    Rigel
    Sami
    Sufjan
    Yunis
    Zak
    Last edited by laurbails; October 19th, 2011 at 01:44 PM.

  5. #9
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    I live a community that has a lot of Arab people, many of which are Christians, so I know and really like a lot of their names. Here are some of my favorites

    Xavier - has Arabic meanings be should be easily recognized by the non Arab worl
    Hassan - just so cute my favorite of the Arab names I think
    Jamal
    Ahmad
    Ali - a little Muslim though
    Aza - very nice
    Habib - I really like this on too
    Rahim
    Yasir - but that has political implications
    Amir - So charming in my opinion
    Gadiel - very nice to me I think

    Hope I helped

    ♥ Clara Dean Lucy Dominic ♡

    Feel free to ask me anything about saints names

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