The dilemma begins! What should we call him?
We though of all scenarios starting with our ignorant traditional ways – or at least that’s how I perceive it. My father’s name is “Haitham“. Or let me start with my full name: “Nader Haitham Nader al-Maleh“. So traditionally we should call the first grandson of the eldest son the same name as his grandfather – in this case “Haitham“. What happens then? A name he would be laughed at for unnecessary redundancy and lack of creativity – “Haitham Nader Haitham Nader al-Maleh” – and that would be ridiculous. So we ruled this name out!
Now the brainstorming begins and here are the main conditions we put together:
- The name should apply in English and Arabic and have meaning in both languages
- The name should read the same in both languages
- The name should not represent a culture, a race, a religion or even any kind of resemblance to a certain nationality
- A well known genius / inventor / scientist / noble prize winner should have the same name
- A handsome public figure / celebrity should have the same name
- We should both love it!
It all seemed impossible especially when the actual suggestions started rolling out. It took us two days to finally decide on one that matches all the above conditions:
RYAN – ريان
And this is it! We stopped at the perfect name. Do you have an idea what the name means in each language? Let’s see how you’ll do