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The Start of Scheherazade –

The Start of Scheherazade – | Name News | Scoop.it
The name Scheherazade (sheh-hehr-uh-zahd) comes to us from classic literature: Scheherazade was the wife of the sultan Shahryar in The Arabian Nights*, the collection of Middle Eastern and Indian f…
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Love for nature in Iranian baby names

Love for nature in Iranian baby names | Name News | Scoop.it
TEHRAN – Many Iranian names are derived from nature and are inspired by flowers and other elements. Being widespread and common in Iranian culture, this issue shows the importance of nature among Iranians.
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Persian Girl Names

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Persian baby girl names are truly a most beautiful collection. Dreamy and feminine sounds, Persian girl names feel most at home in areas such as Turkey and the Arab nations, but can apply to families everywhere. They have exotic and beautiful sounds that have promoted some to mainstream popularity, a few of which may m
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Kimia, Kimiya

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Photo by Yuma Kim on Pexels.com Origin: Persian کیمیاMeaning: "alchemy; rare; unique; elixir."Gender: femininePronunciation: KEEM-yaw The name comes directly from the Farsi word کیمیا (kimia), which originally had a connotation of something rare or unique but later came to form the base word and concept of alchemy. It appears in Persian literature, starting in the…
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Name of the Week: Jasmine

Name of the Week: Jasmine | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Jasmine is the name of a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family known for their delicate and fragrant flowers. The English name derives from the Middle French jessemin which ultimately originates from the Middle Persian yāsaman. According to Victorian floriography, Jasmine represents "amiability, good-naturedness." Usage
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Azad –

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Azad is a Persian, Indian, and Arabic male name meaning "free" which comes from Persian azad آزاد (free; independent) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It's also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Azat (Turkish, Turkmen, Armenian, Tatar, Kazakh)   Female forms: Azadeh (Persian) Azadah (Persian)   Azad- آزاد (Persian)  
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Jasmine names

The English flower name Jasmine derives from Persian yasamin, and entered the language via Old French. It entered the U.S. Top 100 in 1973, at #856, and shot up the charts with alacrity. Jasmine entered the Top 100 in 1986 and rose to its highest rank of #23 in 1993 and 1994. It stayed in the…
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Vashti –

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Vashti was the name of a queen of Persia, the first wife of King Ahasuerus in the Old Testament. The king holds a banquet for all his nobles and servants which went on for seven days while Vashti holds a separate banquet for all the noblewomen. On the seventh day of the banquet, Ahasuerus is drunk and summons for…
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Khosrow –

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Khosrow is the name of several kings of Persia, including Khosrow II, who is featured in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire), as well as an epic poem titled Khosrow and Shirin (also known as Shirin and Farhad); while the Shahnameh focused on the battles of Khosrow, the…
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Mordecai –

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boyMordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning "servant of Marduk", Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning "calf of Utu, Utu being the name of another Sumerian god. Mordecai is also a surname originating from the given…

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Sohrab –

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Sohrab is a Persian male name which seems to be made up of Persian elements swhr (red) and ab (water) meaning "red water" which seems to be in reference of something illustrious or shining. In the Persian epic of the Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) Sohrab is the…
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Chobin, Zubin

Chobin, Zubin | Name News | Scoop.it
Photo by Bakr Magrabi on Pexels.com Origin: Persian چوبینMeaning: "javelin-like; spear-like."Gender: masculine Chobin was the byname of a 6th-century Sassanian general named Bahram Chobin, so-called due to his tall and thin appearance (hence, "spear-like"). His exploits appear in the 10th-century Persian epic, Shahnameh. Zubin is the Parsi form. Other forms include: Chubin چوبین (Old Persian)Zhubin…
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Mahvash, Mehwish

Mahvash, Mehwish | Name News | Scoop.it
Photo by atiabii on Pexels.com Origin: Persian مهوشUrdu: مہوش, Hindi: महवशMeaning: "beautiful like the moon; moonlike; moonfaced."Gender: femininePronunciation: Per (MAH-vash); Urdu (MAY-wish) Mahvash is a Persian name meaning "beautiful like the moon" or "moon-like." It's Urdu offshoot is Mehwish and its Turkish form is Mehveş. Though it is a pre-Islamic Persian name, it is a…
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Javid, Javed

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Pexels.comPhoto by Rijan Hamidovic on Pexels.com Origin: Persian جاویدUrdu: جاویدPunjabi: : ਜਾਵੇਦ)Meaning: "eternal; immortal."Gender: masculine The name is derived from the Persian جاود (Javid), meaning "eternal, immortal." The name was borne by Azerbaijani poet and playwrite, Huseyn Javid (Hüseyn Cavid) 1882-1941. Other forms include: Cavid (Azeri/Turkish)Dzhavid Джавид…

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Persian Baby Names: Anisa, Mina, Kian, Jahan

Persian Baby Names: Anisa, Mina, Kian, Jahan | Name News | Scoop.it
Persian baby names offer rich meanings, and a sound that is both accessible to American English speakers and richly evocative of the region's history.
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Reza –

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Reza is a Persian male name, the Persian form of Arabic Ridha meaning "satisfaction, contentment" and is also a surname originating from the given name. I've also seen Reza listed as a Croatian female name, a shortened form of Tereza, the Czech form of Theresa,  a name of uncertain origin. The name seems to have first been used by…
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Zuleika, Zuleikha

Zuleika, Zuleikha | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin/Meaning: unknown زُلَيْخا זוליכה‎ Gender: female (zoo-LAY-kah) Usage: Arabic, Armenian, English, German, Italian, Ladino, Persian, Portuguese - Brazilian, Spanish The name is of uncertain origin or meaning, since it appears in Muslim and Medieval Jewish tradition as the name of the wife of Potiphar (who is unnamed in the Old Testament), it is often suspected…
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Fatemeh and Amir-Ali, most popular Iranian baby names

Fatemeh and Amir-Ali, most popular Iranian baby names | Name News | Scoop.it
Over the aforementioned period, Iranian parents chose Amir-Ali, Mohammad, Ali, Amir-Hossein, Hossein, Abolfazl, Amir-Abbas, Samyar, Mohammad-Taha and Aria more than other names for their baby boys, IRNA quoted Seifollah Aboutorabi as saying on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Fatemeh, Zahra, Helma, Zeinab, Yasna, Ava, Mersana, Nazanin-Zahra, Baran and Fatemeh-Zahra were the top ten names for baby girls
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Interesting that Aria is a male name in Iran.

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Razan, Razane

Razan, Razane | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Persian Gender: Female Meaning: "vinyard." Pronunciation: rah-ZAHN The name is derived from the Persian رَزان (Razan) meaning, "vineyard." It is found as a place name in Azerbaijan & Iran but is used as a female given-name in the Arabic-Islamic world, possibly due to its similarity to the Arabic male name, Razin (calm). Its Maghrebi…
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Muslims cannot drink alcohol but they grow vines, one of the paradoxes of the world :)
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Rumi –

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Rumi is a Japanese female name with a variant of meanings depending on the kanji used: ru 留 "detain; fasten" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (留美); ru 瑠 "lapis lazuli" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (瑠美); ru 流 "current; flow; stream" + mi 水 "water" (流水); ru 屡 "often, frequently" + mi 水 "water" (屡水); ru 屡 "often, frequently" + mi 三 "three" (屡三) There are other meanings depending on the…
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Persis –

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Persis is a female given name meaning "Persian woman", referring to a woman who came from Persia or had a Persian background, as well as also being another name for Persia. Persia was an empire located in what is now Iran; the name is an Ancient Greek form of Old Persian Pārsa (Persian), derived from an unknown origin. It…
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Shirin –

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Shirin is a Persian female name meaning "sweet; pleasant". One famous Shirin was a Persian queen, the wife of Khosrow II, the last great Sasanian king of Iran. She and Khosrow feature in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) as well as an epic poem titled Khosrow…
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Name of the Week: Cyrus

Name of the Week: Cyrus | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Cyrus is a Latinised form of the Greek Κῦρος (Kỹros). This was, itself, a Hellenised form of the Old Persian name Kūruš (Kourosh) and the form Κῦρος was almost certainly created to match the Greek word κῦρος (kûros) "supreme power" from which the Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord, master
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