Posts Tagged With: Fatima

Spot of the Week: Pet Peeves

This is being posted late, I know, but I come prepared with a fabulous excuse:

Birthday Cake

So my Nana recently turned 80 and we had a cute little birthday bash at a hotel that swallowed all of my time over the weekend.

Now, I’m going to finally admit this right here, right now: I loathe the name Margaret and always have done. Part of me is glad that my family don’t do family names because whilst I’m no so bothered about using Carole (the name of my other grandmother), I just don’t want to use the name Margaret.

That doesn’t mean that Margaret is not a fabulous for your child, full of wonder and meaning. I try my very hardest to stay neutral and not make my list of names I loathe known because I know some people do love those names, and they don’t deserve to hear their favourite names be belittled by some stranger.

Since I’m on a role with this venting thing, one of my pet peeves is when people belittle names from other cultures. This week, I saw Fatima in the firing line and it broke my heart. I know a Fatima and she is a wonderful person, and yes, her parents speak fluent English and are aware that her name starts with the word fat. You know what? The majority of people who use Madison are also fluent in English, and she starts with the word mad.

Indeed, I was mad to see such a beautiful Arabic name ripped apart like that. Yes, it could cause problems, but it might not.

You could say that this is likely to be a unfamiliarity thing, so many girls have the name Madison that you’ve got a lot of girls to answer to. However, Fatima isn’t that rare either; she ranked at #136 in England&Wales in 2010.

On a lighter note, my sister made me sit through the film Sky High last night. A standard kiddie film by all means, but featuring a sorta main character called Magenta.

That’s a name that rocks.

But not as much as Fatima.

Or Margaret.


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Sibset of the Week: Hussein of Jordan


Some weeks I have my eye on a particularly tiny sibset and have to decide whether or not to pair it up with another to make the post of a reasonable size. This week? I’m covering perhaps the most amount of names I’ve ever covered in this feature because we’re looking at the children of the late Hussein of Jordan; he was King of Jordan from 1952 to 1999, and has 11 children from 4 marriages. Then I also felt the need to mention the children of his children, and thus this list of names tallies at 32. 32! My favourite thing to take from this list is the feminine use of the name Zein – a name we only covered a few weeks ago in this very same feature for a young lad.

Princess Alia, 1956

– Prince Hussein, 1981

Talal, 1989

Abdul Hamid, 1992

Abdullah II, 1962

– Crown Prince Hussein, 1994

– Princess Iman, 1996

– Princess Salma, 2000

– Prince Hashem, 2005

Prince Faisal, 1963

– Princess Ayah, 1990

– Prince Omar, 1993

– Princess Sara, 1997

– Princess Aisha, 1997

Princess Aisha, 1968

Aoun, 1992

Muna, 1996

Princess Zein, 1968

Princess Haya, 1974

– Sheikha Al Jalila, 2007

– Sheikh Zayed, 2012

Prince Ali, 1975

– Princess Jalilah, 2005

– Prince Abdullah, 2007

Prince Hamzah, 1980

– Princess Haya, 2007

Prince Hashim, 1981

– Princess Haalah, 2007

– Princess Rayet, 2008

– Princess Fatima, 2011

Princess Iman, 1983

Princess Raiyah, 1986

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