Saudi Arabia Bans 50 Baby Names

The barred names include Amir (prince), Malika (queen), Maya, Linda, and Binyamin (Benjamin), among others.

On Friday, the government of Saudi Arabia listed 50 names that could no longer be legally given to children. That list of names included names historically given to Jewish children – a double-whammy for Jews, who are not allowed in the country – as well as Islamic names linked with Shiite Islam, and names reserved for the Saudi royal family. The barred names include Amir (prince), Malika (queen), Maya, Linda, and Binyamin (Benjamin), among others.

Here is the full list:

Malaak (angel)

Abdul Aati

Abdul Naser

Abdul Musleh

Nabi (prophet)

Nabiyya (female prophet)

Amir (prince)

Sumuw (highness)

Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)

Malika (queen)

Mamlaka (kingdom)

Tabarak (blessed)

Nardeen

Maya

Linda

Randa

Basmala (utterance of the name of God)

Taline

Aram

Nareej

Rital

Alice

Sandy

Rama (Hindu god)

Maline

Elaine

Inar

Maliktina

Lareen

Kibrial

Lauren

Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)

Naris

Yara

Sitav

Loland

Tilaj

Barrah

Abdul Nabi

Abdul Rasool

Jibreel (angel Gabriel)

Abdul Mu’een

Abrar

Iman

Bayan

Baseel

Wireelam

Saudi Arabia’s restrictive laws prevent women from driving; people from selling, buying, or wearing anything red or heart-shaped on Valentine’s Day; visiting the movies (there are no movie theaters); music schools; and women traveling without permission, among other myriad bans. 

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