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.
List of children’s names now banned in Saudi Arabia, via UK’s Daily Mail:
Nabiyya (female prophet)
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Rama (Hindu god)
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)