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Thread: Sarai and Sinai? Please help!
January 2nd, 2012 10:42 AM #6
Nia is also my favorite from your list. It would give each girl her own unique name while still feeling coordinated with Sarai. Both names are very unusual and lovely.
Sinai is way too similar to Sarai in sound as well as spelling -- but the heavy ancient Biblical history carried in these names is even more overbearing (Sarai the wife of Abraham; Sinai the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments). Additionally, is there a chance of there ever being a third sister? If so name options for her would be extremely limited.
On a similar note, Amina, while quite pretty, seems like a very strange combination with Sarai indeed, since you would have the mother of Judaism and the mother of Islam as sisters. I think you would occasionally get questions about the religious significance of these names to you. If they do hold significance then that's fine, just get your answer prepared -- but if not then I would advise choosing a less religious name for your second daughter.
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January 2nd, 2012 10:51 AM #8
Sarai is adorable! As for Sinai... yeah, as you're pronouncing it, it's really close. My other problem is the pronunciations--I've grown up going to Christian churches, and I have never heard it said like that. I guess all the churches I've gone to could be saying it wrong, lol, but I've always heard SIE-uh-nye. Which really doesn't make sense with the letters that are there, but I've also heard SIGH-nye, which does make more sense... either way, it's too close for me. I think Sarai and Amina would be just adorable, though.
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January 2nd, 2012 12:19 PM #12
Sinai has always been pronounced "SIGH-nye" to me so I think you would get a lot of mispronunciations if you want to pronounce it the way you do. Sarai and Sinai are way too matchy for siblings. From your list, I guess Nia would be the best option. Here are some other suggestions.
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January 2nd, 2012 12:48 PM #14Senior Member
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Sinai would be pronounced as "SIGH-nye" by most people I know who saw it written. Sinai as a name looks like it will be a "SIN-nye" or "SIN-nay". I don't see "Sah-nye" at all. I think it's closeness to your first daughter's name is what is appealing to you. I think Sarai is much prettier than Sinai. Would you have considered this name if you did not have a Sarai already? I vote Sarai & Nia as my favorite sibset from your list. I don't like Kayla or Kaelah because it seems more in line with a sibling named Madison, Kailyn, or Makenzie. The sound goes well with Sarai, but it's wildly more popular and has a different feel. Amina sounds nice with Sarai and the religious ties pointed out by saracita00 don't change my opinion. I LOVE the nn Mina and I think Sarai and Amina/Mina is great.