Saudi Arabia Bans Blasphemous and Inappropriate Baby Names Alice, Sandy and Elaine


Ludovica Iaccino
International Business Times
March 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 given names that “contradict the culture or religion of the kingdom” or are” foreign” and “inappropriate”.

According to the list of forbidden names, Saudis will no longer be able to call their children Linda, Alice, Malaak (angel) or Basmala (utterance of the name of God), to name just a few.

The ministry justified the ban by saying that the names offend perceived religious sensibilities, are affiliated to royalty and some are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin.

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List of children’s names now banned in Saudi Arabia, via UK’s Daily Mail:

Malaak (angel)

Abdul Aati

Abdul Naser

Abdul Musleh

Nabi (prophet)

Nabiyya (female prophet)

Amir (prince)

Sumuw (highness)

Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)

Malika (queen)

Mamlaka (kingdom)

Tabarak (blessed)

Nardeen

Maya

Linda

Randa

Basmala (utterance of the name of God)

Taline

Aram

Nareej

Rital

Alice

Sandy

Rama (Hindu god)

Maline

Elaine

Inar

Maliktina

Lareen

Kibrial

Lauren

Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)

Naris

Yara

Sitav

Loland

Tilaj

Barrah

Abdul Nabi

Abdul Rasool

Jibreel (angel Gabriel)

Abdul Mu’een

Abrar

Iman

Bayan

Baseel

Wireelam


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