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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:31 PM

Today I was researching for my work and I came across a moroccan muslim family.The mother told me how hard it was like to be a muslim and live in the US after 9/11.Her name was Khadija (khah.DEE.jah) and she had three daughters:Samya (SAHM.yah),Salwa (SAHL.wah) and Zneb (zee.NEB).

I found all the names pretty interesting.What do you guys think?
Personally,I really like Samya,I think it is pretty,easy to pronounce and very feminine.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:40 PM

Personally,I really like Samya,I think it is pretty,easy to pronounce and very feminine.

I'm right there with you!

My husband's cousin married into a muslim family (they're Turkish) and her kids have very ethnic names (Ilayda & Okan). I've never heard of any problems for them. Her husband is still a Turkish citizen, but has never been hassled at the airports or even in the city (he works in the Empire State Building for some sort of import company).

I am sorry that Khadija's family is suffering because of other people's ignorance. I think she and her family have lovely names.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:53 PM

I'm right there with you!

My husband's cousin married into a muslim family (they're Turkish) and her kids have very ethnic names (Ilayda & Okan). I've never heard of any problems for them. Her husband is still a Turkish citizen, but has never been hassled at the airports or even in the city (he works in the Empire State Building for some sort of import company).

I am sorry that Khadija's family is suffering because of other people's ignorance. I think she and her family have lovely names.


That's very nice to know,Cait! How do you pron. Ilayda and Okan?

Yeah,I'm sorry for them too.My work is actually about foreigners trying to live the "american dream".I fought very hard to be an American citzen and when I got here I suffered a lot myself.I even had people saying they wouldn't employ me because I was brazilian.
That's why I wanted to write about those people and those families,because not many Americans know what we need to go through to finally be able to say "I'm an American citzen".

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:00 PM

Ilayda is pronouncd "i-LIE-dah" & Okan is pronounced "O-khan"

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:24 AM

Today I was researching for my work and I came across a moroccan muslim family.The mother told me how hard it was like to be a muslim and live in the US after 9/11.Her name was Khadija (khah.DEE.jah) and she had three daughters:Samya (SAHM.yah),Salwa (SAHL.wah) and Zneb (zee.NEB).

I found all the names pretty interesting.What do you guys think?
Personally,I really like Samya,I think it is pretty,easy to pronounce and very feminine.



I think that middle eastern names are all pretty and different in their own way. One of my best friends is from Iran, she moved to the US with her parents when she was fifteen, right after 9/11, and though she used to get looks I think that she is more accepted now. I love her name its Mahsa (MAH-sah), she does get a lot of mispronounciations though like Marsha.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:14 PM

I completely agree they are pretty and different in their own way. Mahsa is really pretty! I went to school with a Burcu and it is really pronounced Borr-ja (though the a should really be a shwa, i don't know how to make that on the comp). it was a pretty name and meant rose geranium, but everyone botched it up so she went by birchu as the pronunciation.




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