How popular is the baby name Abdul in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Abdul.
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 Nasser (“servant of the helper” in Arabic)
Emir (“prince” in Arabic)
Al-Mamlaka (“the kingdom” in Arabic)
Malika (“queen” in Arabic)
Mamlaka (“kingdom” in Arabic)
Basmalah (“in the name of God” in Arabic)
Rama (“pleasing” in Sanskrit; Hindu god)
Binyameen (Arabic form of Benjamin)
Abdul Rasool (“servant of the messenger” in Arabic)
Jibreel (Arabic form of Gabriel)
*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?
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
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.)
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:
Do any of you have other name suggestions or advice for Laurie?