Which name do you like best? This is our first- baby girl will be mixed Indian, Armenia, Irish.
Zara then Anoush.
Where will the baby be living? I can't assume anything about non-English speaking environments, but here are my insights about English-dominated countries:
Zara is definitely most familiar in English-speaking countries; it's actually quite a rising star. Be ready for it to become a semi-popular name and for your daughter to potentially have another Zara in her friend group. Una seems like it would function relatively well in an English-speaking environment, but I would still be prepared for some spelling and pronunciation trouble. The spelling Oona has been on the American name charts in the past, if that's of any interest to you. Anoush is obviously a Middle Eastern name, and would definitely spark confusion elsewhere. I personally am not super clear on the pronunciation.
Zara is the only name with significant pop culture references. There is a popular pricey clothes brand under the sole name "Zara" that is well known to millennials and the like, as well as a Swedish singer named Zara Larsson who has been topping the American music charts. Queen Elizabeth also has a grandaughter named Zara Tindall. She is the daughter of Princess Anne.
I love the name Una! It's short, sweet and travels well.
Zara and Anoush are equal in liking. Zara is more familiar to my ears but Anoush is pretty and has an intuitive spelling.
ZARA IS MY FAVORITE OF THE THREE BUT PICK THE ONE YOU LOVE ITS YOUR BABY.
Zara is definitely the most familiar to me, and wouldn't be at all out of place in a clasroom where I am (I personally know four young Zaras).
Una is interesting - but I wouldn't be sure to pronounce it OO-na or YOU-na.
Anoush is the least familiar and it makes me think of Anouk or Anoushka.
It just depends what you want for your daughter! None of these would be a bad choice, but they are all different kinds of names.
I had a Persian roommate named Anouche who used to complain that her parents gave her a boys' name. The only other time I have seen this name was in the graphic novel/autobiography Persepolis. The uncle was named Anoosh, so I guess in Iran it is traditionally a boys' name. Maybe in India or Armenia this isn't the case.
Well, when I looked up Anoush on Behind the Name, the entry lists it as a feminine Armenian name and as a variant spelling of Anush. I think that it's an example of separate origins for alike-sounding names with a range of spellings when the names are translated into English.
Because of its similarity to Anouk, it feels distinctly feminine to me.
I'd rank them Anoush, Una, and then Zara.
Thank you all for your feedback! I am us born mixed Armenian/Irish and DH is from India- we live in New England so Zara would be the more common/easily accepted name. We both have “interesting“ names ourselves and want to go with a name for our girl thats simple/easy to pronounce. Anoush (the most difficult/exotic of the 3) is most certainly a girls name in Armenian- it translates to sweet. But there are other Middle Eastern variants commonly used to name boys. Leaning towards Una these days but may just wait to make my final decision when I see her face!
I'd go with Zara, although Anoush is pretty
My vote is for Anoush :) The others are pretty, but Anoush just grabs me in a way they don't. However, it does read as more "foreign" from a Western perspective, so it depends if you prefer something that blends in more or something that displays your heritage better. Where I live (diverse suburb of major metropolitan area), nobody would bat an eye at the name (my son's classmates have included an Indian boy named Aneesh, a boy from an Iranian family with an Armenian name, a boy from a Pakistani family with an Iranian name, etc.) but that may vary a lot by community.
I second all of this (except the classmates part)! It's a lovely name that to me has a spark. I also really like that if people ask about her name's origin, it will give her the opportunity to talk about her heritage and that has a simple meaning that will get universal smiles and approval.
One question. If people's closest association is baba ganoush, would that bother you? It wouldn't bother me because it's a neutral-to-positive association (it's delicious!), but I thought I'd point it out, just in case.
Anoush is also my favourite for the reasons Karyn and EVie mentioned, and as a silly-nickname-inclined person I now love it even more for the fact that you could call her Bubba Anoush when she was little! That is my idea of a perfect nickname; cute and funny and fun to say. (For what it's worth the baba ganoush thing did not occur to me at all before.)
Una would be my next favourite after Anoush, but there's nothing wrong with keeping all three on the list and waiting to meet her, you might have a strong feeling of what her name should be once you do. Be sure to come back and update us!
I also like Anoush best, narrowly, because I do love Una too. Zara is very much the clothing store for me, but then I do live in its country of origen and it is pretty much ubiquitous. I do know an Iranian/American couple who have used it.
But yes, I like that Anoush stands out but is self-explanatory in terms of pronunciation.