Baby #2 - Name to go with Alina

New to this site, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. My daughter's name is Alina. Our last name starts with "S" and ends in an "ee" sound. 

We're pretty set on Miriam for a girl if that's what this babe turns out to be, but we're still on the hunt for a boy name. My husband seems to like Abraham, but I'm not a fan (nor am I a fan of Abram). My current favorite is Andrew, but he's not on board with that one. We've tossed around Sam in the past, but i'm not a fan of "Samuel"...could I be missing any other longer "Sam" names? Samir/Sameer would be a potential (my husband's family is Muslim and our last name is Arabic, so it would fit), but we have a close family member who already carries that name. Any other name suggestions altogether for a boy? 


August 16, 2014 5:07 PM

Oh, and not Samson...

August 16, 2014 5:25 PM

It's not entirely clear.  Since your husband rejected Andrew and given your other possibiles, are you looking for biblical names that are also used in Arabic?  Like Adam (used in both English and Arabic), Moses/Musa, David/Daoud, Joshua/Issa, Benjamin/Binyamin, Aaron,/Haroun, Solomon/Sulayman, Jacob/Yakub, Joseph/Yusuf, Jonah/Yunus, Zachariah/Zakariyya.  Another Sam- name is Samson.

Do you have any other criteria/guidelines/preferences?

August 16, 2014 5:40 PM

Biblical/Arabic are a great zone to focus on but certainly not a requirement (Alina doesn't fit the mold, for instance). Primarily, we'd like something easy to pronounce by both my midwest American family and his Indian family (no prominent Vs/Ws). 

I do like Benjamin and Solomon has come up, but neither has risen to the top just yet. I love Jacob, but so far my husband has rejected that one as well. Aaron is a great suggestion, too. Would Solomon nn Sam be too much of a stretch? 

Only other specific criteria I have is nothing invented (recently...I suppose all names were invented at one point) and no kr8v spellings. :). Thank you VERY much for the suggestions thusfar. I do love your name and I am sort of hoping this one is a girl simply so we can use Miriam :).

August 16, 2014 7:23 PM

I don't see why you can't call a Solomon Sam.  I think you could also call a Simon Sam as well.

I also congratulate you on your excellent taste in choosing Miriam for a potential daughter :-).

August 17, 2014 1:39 PM

I agree, I think Sam works fine as a nickname for Solomon.  

I know a Muslim/American couple and I'm trying to remember names they considered with their son.  They went with Gabriel and I think they considered Gideon as well.  I wish I could remember more of the names they considered.

August 18, 2014 7:54 PM

I love Gideon, too, but my husband...not so much! Ha! We ended up getting quite a few possibilities together after I posted this. So far we've got:

Andrew (he doesn't like but I love)

Abraham (i don't like but he loves)






September 10, 2014 6:05 AM

I love Micah! (It would be on my list for a boy except that my brother's name is Michael and he goes by Mike.)

One of my favorite scripture verses is Micah 6:8 -- He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

September 10, 2014 10:41 PM

I see you're looking a lot through biblical names and mainly of anglo-hebrew spellings and variation. Considering your husband and his family are Arabic, I've compiled a few Persian names and meanings that I think could be interesting, unique and also attractive:

For Boys:

Cas/Casper/Gaspar/Jasper - king of the treasure

Cyrus - Far sighted

Darius - A good and wealthy protector

Javed - Forever

Alborz - The highest one

Behnam - Man of honor

Rahim - To be kind or to show mercy

Ahmad - most praise-worthy

Amin - Honest

Amir - Prince

Ishmael - Son of Abraham

Farid - Unique

Iman (unisex) - Faith

Morad - Desire, Wish

Nouri, Noori - Light

Noor (Girls' name) - Light

Rahim - Merciful

Sami - High, Elevated

Aziz - Precious, Dear

Javed - Eternal


Other girl names you could consider: Amira, Leila, Noor, Soraya, Zeinab, Salma, Shakila, Tajneen, Farah, Farahnaz, Jasmine/Yasmine, Parisa, Roksana, Rosana...

September 10, 2014 11:36 PM

I am curious as to what definition of "Persian" you are using.  Most of the names you have listed (like Noor, Leila, Aziz, Amir, Iman, Amin, Ahmad, etc.) are Arabic.  Ishmael is Hebrew, and it doesn't mean "son of Abraham."  Ishmael IS the son of Abraham, but the name means "God will hear."  Some Persian names would be Jamshid and Gol.  Perhaps you meant names used by Persians, rather than Persian names.  Arabic is a Semitic language, and Farsi (Persian) is Indo-European; the two languages are not related.  Most Persians are Shi'ite Muslims, and they use Arabic names as they appear in the Koran and as derived from Muslim teachings and history.  You do have some genuinely Persian names on your list: Darius, Cyrus, Roxana, Jasmine, Javed, among others.

September 11, 2014 10:19 AM

Thank you Miriam, I was in fact aware of the mixing-up and forgot to add arabic and hebrew-derived names to my "explanation"... sorry. Thank you for pointing that out!

And yes, I know Ishmael is Hebrew in is the son of Abraham, that's why I wrote it... I just couldn't find the actual meaning of the name in my brief research.

Let's hope the mommy and daddy to be will pick a lovely and meaningful names!

October 5, 2014 8:57 PM

Other Sam names -- well, Samwell and Samwise.  Samwise originated in Lord of the Rings (AFAIK); Samwell has seen use as a stage name & in fiction ("Samwell Tarly" in Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice & Fire).  So they aren't names with long histories, but they are readily nicknamed "Sam", and sound very name-y -- I wouldn't blink, hearing either of them on a kid.

But "Sam" can be a pretty good nickname for less...sammish names, as some folks suggested above!  My husband's grandfather Salvatore went exclusively by "Sam", for example. 

October 6, 2014 1:37 AM

Just a note: samwise means dull or foolish, so Samwise Hamfast's name means essentially Foolish Homebody or Dull Homebody.  Let's just say I wouldn't be naming my child Samwise.  AFAIK Martin just made up Samwell, based, I suppose, on Samuel, since in manuscripts u and w could alternate.