Bad Arabic baby names
Since I've been thinking about these for a while, and since baby season is in the Air, here's a list of the worst ARABIC baby names. Especially if you're living in the west, or hope that your son/daughter go to the west.
Similar to: MamaBean's
Here's the list
- آلاء / علاء: Ala'a
The name is confusing. It translates to the same spelling in English
- أنس: Anas
The name is fine, translates regularly. But it's pronounced similar to "Anus" in English
- باسل: Basil (sometimes Basel)
Basil is a leafy aromatic shrub, it looks like Molokhyyeh but has a strong smell. It's easy to get the two confused
- فتحي: Fathi, should be (Fat'he)
Fathi (فاذي => فاظي => قاضي)means Empty in Arabic. There's no way to pronounce Fathi any other way without adding punctuation or splitting the words
- شادي: Sahdy
It's enough to be Arab in the west, to combine that with the name "Shady" which means Fishy/suspicious is like adding a huge bulls eye on top of your head
- عاص/عاصي/عاصم: Ass, Assy, Assem
The link to "Ass" is too great to overlook!
- رنا: Rana
Although, it's not common in English, it is common in Spanish to call frogs Rana. It's also the scientific name
- حاتم: Hatem
Sounds like "Hate'em"
- بوسي: Boussy
Too close to another word of profanity in English.
- مِرعِد: Mered
Not a bad word in English, but sounds like Merd in french
- سوكا: Suka, Soka
Not a common name, but I've heard people use it as nickname. Bad word in Russian
- اسامة: Osama
Too bad, the name has been hijacked and now, people use it the same way they use the name Hitler
- عزيز: Aziz
Sounds like "As-Is"
- فيصل: Faisal
Commonly mispronounced as Facial
- يحيى: Yahya
Sounds like Yaya. Not very flattering for a guy
- فاطمة: Fatima
Sounds like... Fati-Ma, easily transferred to Fati-Mama!
- سهير: Souhair
Sounds like, Sou-Hair. Sou has hair!
- فرهود: Farhoud
Not too bad, sounds like Far-hood!
- جويعد: Juwaied
Sounds like Jewed! Not too bad if you're Jewish :)
- صقر: Saquer
Sounds a lot like Sucker
I hope this guide helps the expecting parents and saves the kids a few wedgies and a hard time at school.
PS: If you have any ... please do share!