Feeling hopeless about ever finding a name for our little boy!

although it's fun to look for names, we are beginning to lose hope! My other half is Greek and I am Iranian. We were looking for names that suit both cultures but no luck so far (there are names common to both cultures, such as Darius, Cyrus and even Aristotle, but none appeal).


The only name we have come up with so far is Joseph, just because we like the sound of it. im not sure if that's IT though. We are happy to consider any name, from any culture. We prefer 'strong' names with a bit of history rather than anything too modern or quirky. Would really appreciate any suggestions.


December 4, 2014 9:09 AM

I'm not too familiar with Greek and Iranian names, but I did a quick search on the Name Matchmaker and here are some that I like from the list of suggestions:







Philo (very Greek)


I don't know if any of these appeal to you, but good luck with your search!

December 6, 2014 5:44 AM

Thank you for your suggestions ...Some great names on there, but none of them feel like 'the one' :) 

December 5, 2014 2:33 PM

Can you give us a little more guidance, maybe some names that one or the other of you likes but not both, names you like but won't use for some reason (like someone else just named their baby this), or more names that are close but not-quite-there?

December 6, 2014 5:42 AM

We also liked the name Nico, but ruled it out because a family friend just called their baby that. we like names with cute nicknames. My hubby likes more classic, traditional names. I liked Raphael, Dylan, Caspian, Milos. We both considered Greek names Ariston (nickname Ari) and Kallistos.

December 5, 2014 9:43 PM

I know very little about current Greek naming, and even less about Iranian, but I do have some thoughts on cross-language naming in general.

There are many names that exist in multiple languages, but the form can sometimes be nearly unrecognizable to the uninitiated: Sándor (pronounced [very] roughly SHAN-dore) is Hungarian for Alexander, for example. How do you feel about such names? Would you be fine with your various families using different-sounding or different-looking names for your child, or would you feel like they were talking about someone else? What happens to your answer when you add in the English-language context that I'm assuming you live in?

Once you've figured out what degree of (dis)similarity you're comfortable with, you could do a variation of my approach: I actually went through the Hungarian baby name list and wrote down all the English equivalents. Any name that had no equivalent (like Csaba, my father's original given name) was crossed off, as were names that we'd never ever use (such as Adolf). I also removed name pairs like Alexander/Sándor, because I prefer a bit more similarity than that. Of course, this approach really only works if you have a starting point: a definitive and finite baby name list in one of the languages in question. The Hungarian government helpfully provides one (you have to petition to register a name that's not on the list), but I have no idea whether Greece and Iran regulate names like that.

If you're willing to be slightly flexible about the concept of "a name", I think there are many excellent choices out there. I can attest from personal experience that it's perfectly fine if a name is pronounced differently in different languages. (My name is Julia, which in Hungarian starts with a /y/ sound.) Oh, and I love Joseph, in all its variations: it was the name my father chose when he became an American citizen.

December 6, 2014 5:33 AM

Thank you for your considered reply :) i think I'm going to stick with Joseph for now, it's really growing on me.