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51 Baby Names Banned in Saudi Arabia (Maybe)

Did Saudi Arabia really ban 51 baby names recently? I’m not sure.

Last week, the country’s Civil Affairs Department supposedly released a list of 51 unacceptable baby names — names that were either “not in line with social traditions,” “not appropriate in terms of religion,” or of Western origin.*

Over the weekend, though, a spokesperson from the Civil Affairs Department said that, while the department does regulate baby names, it didn’t release the list in question.

Here are the 51 (possibly) banned baby names:

Malak (“angel” in Arabic)
Abdul Ati
Abdul Nasser (“servant of the helper” in Arabic)
Abdul Mosleh
Nabi
Nabiya
Emir (“prince” in Arabic)
Somu
Al-Mamlaka (“the kingdom” in Arabic)
Malika (“queen” in Arabic)
Mamlaka (“kingdom” in Arabic)
Tabaraka
Nardeen
Maya
Linda
Randa
Basmalah (“in the name of God” in Arabic)
Tuleen
Arm
Nareej
Rital
Als
Sandi
Rama (“pleasing” in Sanskrit; Hindu god)
Maleen
Eleen
Alas
Ainar
Loran
Malkiteena
Lareen
Kibriyal
Laureen
Binyameen (Arabic form of Benjamin)
Narees
Yara
Sitaf
Aileen
Loland
Tilaj
Barah
Abdul Nabi
Abdul Rasool (“servant of the messenger” in Arabic)
Jibreel (Arabic form of Gabriel)
Abdul Mo’een
Abrar
Milak
Aiman
Bayan
Baseel
Rilam

*The Gulf News believes some of the names were included for political reasons — Abdul Nasser because of Egypt’s second president Gamal Abdel Nasser, for instance, and Binyamin because of Israeli’s current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sources: Interior Ministry bans 51 baby names, Civil Affairs denies banning baby names, Why did Saudi Arabia ban 51 baby names?


Doctor Doesn’t Like Baby’s Name, Refuses Treatment

In June of 2012, Mohamed Morsi was elected President of Egypt. In August, he appointed Abdul Fatah al-Sisi as Minister of Defense.

The following summer, “after mass protests against the Islamist leader’s rule,” al-Sisi ousted Morsi. Al-Sisi then became the First Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt.

Not long after the July 2013 military coup, a baby boy was born in a village in Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate. His 30-year-old father, who missed the birth because he was away from home participating in pro-Sisi rallies, decided the baby should be named Al-Sisi.

The coup ended up polarizing the people of Egypt — Sisi supporters vs. Morsi supporters. The country has since been “rocked by near-daily protests, bombings and clashes in which hundreds have died in the worst civil violence in the nation’s modern history.”

In November, 4-month-old Al-Sisi was taken to the hospital with a high fever.

According to his father, the first doctor they saw was a Morsi supporter. This doctor refused to treat the baby because of his name.

A different doctor ultimately treated the baby, and the original doctor was disciplined, but…a patient being refused medical treatment over a name? Very scary stuff…

Sources: Doctor refuses to treat baby named ‘Sisi’, Egypt: Baby named after general ‘denied treatment’, Egypt military officers back army chief for president

Tropical Cyclone Names – Abdul, Fletcher, Timba, Vongfong

Hurricane Bill didn’t make landfall last weekend, and Tropical Storm Danny probably won’t have much impact this weekend. It’s been a rather uneventful storm season for New England thus far.

So let’s spice things up with a selection of tropical cyclone names from areas other than the humdrum Atlantic Ocean:

  • Australian Region: Bruce, Fletcher, Gillian, Hamish, Jasmine, Kirrily, Lam, Narelle, Olwyn, Tiffany
  • Central North Pacific: Akoni, Ele, Halola, Iolana, Keoni, Maka, Niala, Oliwa, Ulana, Walaka
  • Eastern North Pacific: Aletta, Blas, Fausto, Isis, Jova, Kiko, Orlene, Paine, Sergio, Wiley
  • Fiji Region: Atu, Beni, Cilla, Funa, Lusi, Nute, Tui, Vaianu, Zita, Zuman
  • Northern Indian Ocean: Baazu, Fanoos, Hudhud, Khai Muk, Mukda, Nargis, Ockhi, Pyarr, Titli, Vaali
  • Papua New Guinea Region: Abdul, Epi, Guba, Gule, Igo, Kamit, Matere, Rowe, Taka, Upia
  • Philippine Region: Basyang, Butchoy, Dencio, Igme, Ineng, Lawin, Ompong, Quiel, Siony, Yoyoy
  • Southwest Indian Ocean: Boloetse, Fame, Humba, Jaya, Olipa, Pindile, Timba, Wilby, Xylo, Zoelle
  • Western North Pacific: Ewiniar, Hagibis, Krovanh, Mindulle, Nock-ten, Phanfone, Songda, Vongfong, Wutip, Yutu

Did you catch Kirrily up there in the Australian group? I’m really curious about that one. It’s a female name, but not listed in any of the name references I own. The Maori langauge doesn’t include an L-sound, so that’s not it. Perhaps it’s just Kira/Kiri + Lee. If you know anything about the name Kirrily, please comment!

Source: Tropical Cyclone Names – National Hurricane Center

UPDATE, 11/2013: The name of the typhoon that just hit the Philippines, Haiyan, means “petrel” in Chinese. A petrel is a seabird. (People in the Philippines are calling the storm “Yolanda,” though.)

Baby Name Needed – Name for Biracial Baby Boy

A reader named Laurie is trying to find a name for her baby boy:

I am white, my boyfriend is black. […] The problem is he does not want a “ghetto” baby name, but I don’t want a plain old “Matt or Jeff” name. He seems to be stuck on the name Martell but it reminds me of the name Martin…I hate it. He has now said he wants the name to end in -tell, as in “Dontell” (his brother). I am not creative enough to think of any names that end in -tell, please help me.

I couldn’t come up with many -tell names, either. But there are plenty of names that end with an L-sound, such as:

Abdul
Ansel
Axel
Cordell
Cornell
Darnell
Darrell
Denzel
Derrell
Donell
Durrell
Emmanuel
Ezekiel
Farrell
Ferrell
Gabriel
Harrell
Howell
Ishmael
Jamal
Jarrell
Jemuel
Jerrell
Joel
Khalil
Kordell
Latrell
Lemuel
Lindell
Lionel
Lowell
Lydell
Markell
Maxwell
Mitchell
Montel
Nathaniel
Nemuel
Newell
Nigel
Parnell
Phanuel
Randal
Roswell
Russell
Shamal
Shemuel
Terrell
Tyrel
Vernell
Wendell
Zuriel

Do any of you have other name suggestions or advice for Laurie?