Choosing a baby name, ESPECIALLY for Muslim Women, can seem like such a daunting task, it seemed that every baby name we thought of, there was always a reason to not like it! Choosing Baby boy names seem so much easier, as there are so many prophets (peace be upon them) to choose from already.
I wanted to choose a name for my daughter that was different, traditional, yet modern too. I also was aware she'd be in british schools so didnt want to risk any bullying as a result of her name (however I know we cannot control that!)
I had a whole list in mind. One by one I went through them all, and realized there was always a silly reason not to go for each one.
I really love the name Arya, but was told it was too "game of thrones" so we never went for it.
My husband then researched some names and came across one: Ilyana
It was something that clicked with me straight away that I liked.
Its an indirect name from the Quran that means, soft or gentle.
In surah Taha, 20:44, "And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [ Allah ]."
the word "gentle" in arabic in this ayah is "Layan"- Ilyana is a derivative from this word.
We have had a few eyebrows and was told it sounded Russian, however I think that adds to how much I loved the name!
This was a list of names I had for my baby girl, for all you mamas out there wanting some inspiration, here it is:
What are your stories of how you named your children? How easy was it for you? Please share your experiences on here!