Here are some tips for naming that one should take as an advice when getting a child, or converting to Islam:
1. Beautiful Meaning
The Messenger of Allah (s) teaches us that we should choose a name that has a nice meaning and is comfortable for the wearer of the name.
2. What is an Islamic Name?
Read a little further into the subject areas to find out which names are allowed or prohibited in Islam and which are beloved by Allah (swt).
3. Simple spelling
Make it easy for your child and choose a name with a simple notation. This avoids misunderstandings and derisive remarks later in life, above all, if you don’t live in an Islamic country.
4. First and last name as a unit
One should also bear in mind that the first name should also match the last name. There should be a certain kind of harmony in the pronunciation of the name. If you have a long last name, you should choose a short first name for your child (with short surnames, however, a long first name comes better).
5. Subsequent changes
Keep in mind when naming that subsequent amendments of the first name is usually not possible. This also applies to the addition or removal of a second name, as well as for the spelling.
6. Use of our Wishlist
Through the Add to Wishlist function of page, you can bookmark names and then compare and listen again and so on. So we ease you the way to the right Islamic names for you or for your child.
The change of the first name
A change of first name is only permissible if there is good reason. The local registrar’s office is responsible for this issues.
There are these following reasons for the admissibility of a name change:
• offensive or ridiculous-sounding first name
• not clearly identifiable sex
• difficult pronunciation or spelling
• exotic first name in naturalization
• adding another name for religious reasons
The possibilities for a name change:
• the existing name with a new one
• the addition of another first name(Second name)
• the deletion of a first name
• changing the spelling of first name
The change of the last name
Surname changes are known commonly as a result of family laws, such as a birth, marriage, divorce, etc.
When marrying its not necessary to have a name change, since both partners can keep the existing name. But it is also allowed to choose the birth name of one spouse as a common surname. The other partner will receive the right to decide whether to accept his partner’s surname or add his current name to the new married name and run it as a marriage and double name. The family name can also be set after the marriage.
At birth, the surname is inherited, so to speak, because if the parents are married to each other and bear the same surname, the child gets the same family name.
Should the parents not be married to each other or they do not carry a common family name, they can determine together what surname the child should receive.
If, however, a change in custody (eg divorce) comes, the parents must determine a family name for the child within three months anew. If the child reaches the age of five, it must also want the name change. Of course there are a number of special cases.
If the sole custodians has a new marriage, it’s possible to transfer the new married name to the child. This is called Innaming. The other guardians must agree to this part. A child who is older than five years, can reject the change. If the child is under 14 years old, a additional carer represents its interests. The child cannot take another last name from the date of effectiveness of Innaming anymore, because the new family name is irrevocable. However Innaming can be done several times under the assumption that the custodian parent enter a new marriage more than once. When Innaming is an official record, thats why only a registry office or a notary may carry out these issues.