Baby Name Issue
Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:09 PM
We're pregnant and the discussion of names came up. How did you solve this? All Turkish? Islamic? English or other? Half and half?
Just doing a little preliminary informal research to get a little perspective...
Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:33 PM
We also thought the combination of names would make the children unique. We were wrong, there is an elderly lady in the USA with exactly the same names as our younger daughter, which is quite amazing.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:54 PM
Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:57 PM
This can be reversed if preferred, giving them a Turkish first name followed by an English one.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:11 PM
Turkish surname, Turkish first name, and an English middle name.
One Turkish first name doesn't have Turkish letters, one has the letter C which is /J/ in Turkish, so that has caused some problems when people first see it, but when they are corrected they are fine with it. Some kids teased him a bit at school, but he just took it on and said it himself, so that took any sting out of it for them!!!
Both are easy to pronounce in English.
I remember the first time I heard the name Fatih /farty/!! My OH said don't laugh it's a beautiful name - but really, you couldn't be calling that name in a playground in UK - so, as long as it sounds OK in English, that's the main thing.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:50 PM
As other have said think carefully how the name would sound in either country before deciding.
Hope your pregnancy goes well and keep us posted
Posted 05 December 2011 - 09:16 PM
Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:25 PM
Hahah..anyway I will totally name a boy that if I get lucky enough!
Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:13 AM
I think parents should take all of these things into account when naming children.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:33 AM
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:38 AM
I had an old Uni lecturer once who was married to a Pole, and she said the safest bet was to have a name that worked in both languages that didnt need explaining the whole time - they called their daughter Lydia, but I'm guessing thats not really an option in Turkish? Anyone know of any bilingual names?
Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:41 AM
My son's name is Cem, and actually Jem is an old English name, a few people have told me how they have known an old man (usually out in the sticks) with this name, not shortened from Jeremy, but Jem.
It actually comes from one of Noah's sons - Shem in English.
But the kids at school would call him Jam or Kem or Sem.
If you choose Can and he goes to school in UK, then when they are learning phonics, the kids will pronounce it /Kan/, as long as he doesn't get annoyed they will stop!!
dakar I know of Melissa, Yasemin, Leyla, and my daughter is Zara. (ETA Zara is an Arabic name)
Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:18 AM
Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:36 PM
BUT if we spell it Binyamin, then it's actually Islamic! I pray that he'll be okay with that. I'm waiting for the right time to mention it.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:09 PM
My immediate thought was 'Netanyahu'. - I thought it was a Jewish/Hebrew name??
Does it have that connotation for a Turk??
Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:48 PM
The issue was the specific name I was fond of and how it didn't meet my husband's 'requirements' but I'm hoping my compromise on the spelling will warm him up to my idea.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 02:24 PM
Im sure when you have your baby you will both agree on a name that you never thought you both would like xxxx
Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:05 PM
We've provisionally decided on Eva, Viktoria or Izabella.