Naming Your Baby

Thinking about what name you will give your child is exciting but also a serious job. Besides your own taste and preference, we should still consider many other things like the meaning of a name, the pronunciation, the initials, the nickname, the origin etc.

Though choosing your child’s name is fun, making up names by mixing yours and your partner’s names could sometimes end up a disaster. And some uncommon names that are difficult to read could end up into a lifetime task of correcting others on how your name must be pronounced. For instance, one mom named her daughter Isla which is supposed to be pronounced “eye-lah”. It sure is a very pretty name but often misread as “Iz-lah”. And how about the initials of Samuel Anderson Daniels and Alexa Shane Stewart. Definitely not the initials you want for your baby.

As for us, we agreed in choosing a common name for our little one considering our cultural and religious differences. My husband being a Muslim Lebanese prefer an Arabic Muslim name. And so I pulled out lists of Arabic baby names from the internet and started reading each one out loud. The names sound very foreign to me and so I wrote down names I liked and told my hubby that we should agree on a name that is familiar not just in Arabic countries but in other parts of the world. This has  narrowed down our search. I loved the name Sophia and he liked the name as well. In my culture, though not necessary, it is common to add a second name to differentiate your name from others. So I started looking for a name that will suit the first name Sophia. Since she will be born in March, I thought of calling her Sophia Marcheline but it has made her name sound French. After months of saying different names out loud, one day, my hubby asked me why not call her Zara Sophia. I immediately googled the meaning of both names. Zara means princess and Sophia means wisdom. Both names are internationally used and we both love it. Plus, the name Zara sounds like a short version of my name. And her initials would be ZS which is a combination of our names.

We were so prepared for the day we would name her Zara Sophia. Unfortunately, upon registration of her birth at the Lebanese Consulate, we were told that they do not accept 2 names on the passport hence we had to drop the name Zara. I am thankful we did because now I love how the name Sophia sounds beautiful on its own.


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