English-Sounding Muslim Names. Every culture and every language has a unique way of naming things. But sometimes despite the diversity, or perhaps because of it, some names tend to ‘cross-over’. These are the names which can be found in all languages, either in the exact same way, which is rare or with certain levels of variations in spelling or pronunciation. However, it is easier to recognize them because they also share similarities in the same ways.
Such names have roots in every language, but due to the linguistic differences, they are pronounced in a distinct manner. The meanings also tend to vary, depending on the language in which the name is being spoken. There are also ‘bilingual names’, the type which are pronounced the same in two or more languages.
Modern Trendy Muslim Baby Names Like English
Modern Muslim parents in Western countries like the United Kingdom, USA, etc are constantly on the hunt for unique Islamic names for their children which can be westernized easily. The main reason why they do this is fear of persecution and of not being accepted. This is the biggest concern immigrant parents face in non-Muslim countries. The bullying and suicide rate in such countries is alarmingly high.
Another reason is that Westerners tend to look down upon and mispronounce names they deem as ‘difficult’. Such blatant racism has been called out and publicly shamed in recent years, however, it might take time to completely eradicate such way of thinking.
Therefore we present some wonderful and amazing names for Muslims around the world, that sound a bit English. Have a look and happy naming!
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1- Claudius: Claudius is of Latin origin, it means ‘crippled.’ A historically famous bearer of the name is the fourth Roman emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, who ruled from 41 AD – 54 AD. The name of a Muslim astronomer who charted the position of nearly 1,000 celestial stars and is one the top Muslim astronomers of his age.
2- Rayan/Rayyan: Rayan or Rayyan is a male name of Arabic origin. It means ‘watered’, ‘plentiful’ and ‘luxuriant’. It’s also the name of a gate of heaven through which observers of the Ramazan fast will be allowed through. It’s English counterpart is Ryan. Famous person with the name is the Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds.
3- Damia: It’s a Greek-derived name that means “Goddess of nature’s elements”. Historically, Damia was one of the first queens of the kingdom of Numidia.
4- Alysha: Alysha has Germanic and French roots. It means ‘noble’ and ‘kind.’
5- Alya: Alya has roots in Greek, Hebrew and Arabic. It means ‘sky’, ‘heaven’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘exalted’.
6- O’Neal: It means ‘cloud’, ‘passion’ and ‘champion’. O’Neal is of Irish Gaelic origin, and it’s original form is Ó Néill which means ‘the descendant of Niall’.
7- Rashaun: It means ‘little warrior’ or ‘daylight’ in Arabic. It can be considered a combination of the English names ‘Ray’ and ‘Shawn’.
8- Cengiz: It’s the Turkish form of the name Ghengis. It means ‘universal lord’, ‘ruler of ocean’, and ‘strong.’
9- Aileema: The name means ‘wise’.
10- Ariana: Ariana or Arianna is of Italic origin. It’s the short form of Ariadne. It means ‘the holy one’.
11- Tobias: This name has different versions in different languages. It comes from the Hebrew biblical name “Toviyahu” which means ‘goodness of ‘Yahweh’. It is also used in German, French and Swedish, with minor spelling variations.
12- Eliza: This name is of Hebrew roots. It means ‘pledged to God’. My Fair Lady’s protagonist is a famous bearer of this name: Elize Dolittle.
13- Aydin: It’s of Turkish origin, and means ‘enlightened’. The English counterpart of the name is Aiden or Aidan.
14- Aadam: It’s an Arabic name. Aadam is considered the father of all humans in every religion, and is the first Prophet sent by God according to Islam. English counterpart is Adam which is a very common name e.g Adam Levine.
15- Aleena: English counterpart is Elena. It means ‘wise’.
16- Hinnah: Hinnah means ‘affection’. It’s an Arabic name. It’s English counterpart is Hannah which means ‘favor, grace.’
17- Amelia: The name exists in multiple languages. It’s short forms in English include Mia, Emma, and Amy. Amelia comes from ‘amal’ which means ‘hope’ or ‘work’.
18- Arya: Means ‘noblewoman’ in Arabic. A famous bearer of the name is Arya Stark from G.R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones series.
19- Abigail: It comes from the Hebrew word Avigail which means ‘my father’s joy.’
20- Abbie: not exactly with the same spelling, because there is, in fact, an English name; Ebbie
21- Abegail: same in pronunciation as Abagael
22- Abelena: meaning, hazelnut
23- Abelina: of a poised or gracious nature
24- Abellana: hazelnut
25- Abelone: extremely wise
26- Abie: means father or mother of many
27- Abigail: the joy in fatherhood
28- Abilia: very skilled
29- Abiria: a passenger
30- Abriana: feminine version of ‘Abraham’
31- Abriella: means mother of many nations
32- Abrienda: an opening
33- Aceline: means, noble
34- Dalia: name of a yellow flower
35- Aaralyn: a beautiful melody
36- Abby: one who gives joy
37- Abril: April
38- Avril: buds of spring
39- Achira: swift, prompt
40- Acira: brief, swift
41- Adalene: very noble
42- Adalissa: powerful
43- Adalyn: very noble
44- Addie: son of Adam
45- Adisyn: son of Adam
46- Adele: kind, tender
47- Adelie: kind
48- Adell: gentle
49- Adena: kind
50- Adiana: dark, rich
51- Adline: noble, pious
52- Adreana: city of Adria
53- Adrina: means, darkness
54- Aenor: a latin word with no known meaning
55- Adiva: pleasant, gentle
56- Adora: glory
57- Adria: a city
58- Aemilia: rival
59- Agathe: goodness
60- Aggie: agriculture related
61- Agie: same as Aggie
62- Aglae: uniqueness
63- Agne: pure and holy
64- Agnes: pure and holy
65- Ailen: handsome
66- Ailey: same as Ailen
67- Ainra: sensitive, creative
68- Ainsley: awe inspiring
69- Aimee: dear, beloved
70- Ailene: one from a meadow
71- Aimili: independence
72- Ailana: a Hawaiian island
73- Agnese: pure and holy
74- Agilina: messenger
75- Alama: a symbol
76- Alanis: an idler
77- Alayna: dear child
78- Alberta: very bright
79- Albie: brilliance
80- Alcie: determined
81- Alcyone: a Greek name
82- Alea: introverted
83- Alicia: nobility
84- Aleena: soft, delicate
85- Aleit: ambitious
86- Alesha: protected by God
87- Alethia: disclosure
88- Alette: truth
89- Alexia: a true helper
90- Aislin: vision
91- Alabama: herbs, plants
92- Alana: fair, beautiful
93- Alarice: rules
94- Alaura: idealistic
95- Alayne: beautiful
96- Alba: sweet-scented flowers
97- Albine: dawn
98- Alcina: famous bearer
99- Alda: name of an 8th century saint
100- Aldis: from an old house