How we named Aqilah


Yes, this is an actual photo of Aqilah at 2 months old (as of 4th of May).

The story of how we named Aqilah was a long one. We took 2 weeks, the whole time limit given before you MUST register your baby’s name. Bear in mind, we didn’t know her gender at the time, and she did come earlier than expected! (plus the misadventures of her getting admitted to SCBU made us lose focus with deciding her name.)

When I was still pregnant with her, I had a short list of names, since I wanted to following the same naming conventions as big brother Irfan’s. Since he was Areeq Irfan – with the letters A and I, I wanted to name our second child with A and I as well.

It didn’t happen, to say the least.

Here was my name list, with Q’s additions as well:

  • Aina Huraiyah
  • Aina Imanina
  • Aina Irdina
  • Alya Haziqah
  • Arinah Huraiyah
  • Aina Aqilah
  • Nurain Faiqah

There was a lot of Aina’s, because that was the name I was set on giving – but when she got admitted to SCBU, I wondered if its better to give her a name that promotes health / robustness, as “Ain” means Eyes in Arabic. While after some browsing, “Aqilah” means Smart/Robust in Arabic.

Huraiyah, on the other hand was Q’s choice and it meant, literally, “angel”. And I believed she is one, my blessed angel after my miscarriage.

Some spellings were changed and I contemplated playing with “Aqilah” spelling to “Aqeelah” or “Aqeela” but I liked the conventional spelling, however “Huraiyah” was shortened to just “Huraiya”.

Thus the name Aqilah Huraiya – which become the letters A and H instead of my initial plan of A and I. Maybe we could just wing it with naming the next baby too – haha!

Love to hear how you guys named your babies and their meanings too!

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