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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?