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Thanks to Leela for suggesting Suha, her daughter’s name, as our Baby Name of the Day.

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  1. Also, It pretty much blends in a lot of cultures like Japan, Korean, English, Indian, Arabic, according to my own personal experience.

  2. Well, my name is Suha. and its pretty much an arabic name. Suha means a star, more like a star that’s been been neglected, overlooked or distracted. Also, Suha can also mean sunset or something like that in Korean. (I was surprised myself when i first knew it too) And it’s pronounced Soo-ha. My nickname is pretty much Suhu or Su-cchan (I live in Japan, so sorry if my english is horrible).

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  4. I used to know a Suha, her family was Syrian. Suha is pretty, but I agree with Charlotte, a bit brief for my taste. And I would be terrified of the nickname Sue or Susie.

  5. When I first saw this I thought, “Hmmm, is this an Indian name I’ve never heard of before?” It sounds like it could be. Suha has the “ha” ending found in Indian girls’ names like Sneha and Smitha (smeet-ha), and the “su” beginning that helps make up Supriya and Sunaina. For that matter, it also sounds like it could be Korean (once again, I’ve had Korean friends with both elements in their name).

    I was intrigued to discover that the name is in fact Arabic. It’s a pretty choice, although a bit brief for my taste.

  6. With my Australian accent, when said quickly, it sounds like ‘sewer’. That could be a dealbreaker. Other than that, it’s quite pretty when said slowly.

  7. Suha Leila is my Arabic name, chosen because of the initials [the same as my birth and Hebrew names] and because of the perceived meanings/associations. I never use it alone, always with Leila, so it sounds a bit like someone mispronouncing Suhaila [therefore I usually have to repeat myself] — I’m not a fan of Su- names at all, but the overall meaning of the combo makes up for it for me.

    1. Panya, I’m fascinated by the fact that you have a birth name, Hebrew name, and Arabic name! If you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear how you got 3 🙂

    2. That’s still interesting that they chose to give you 3 different names rather than, say, go with 1 cross-cultural or pan-religious name. Neither of my parents particularly liked the name Sarah but they figured it worked in Arabic and English and that’s all that mattered to them! I’ve never known anyone who had an Arabic name separate from an English name so I was really curious 🙂 I have known a few international students who try to make their names blend in though (ex: Walid who goes by Will).

      When I took a semester of Hebrew in college, I had a couple classmates whose Hebrew names were Sarah and then of course a few whose (no idea what the correct word is!) English/American names were Sarah too. My name was definitely a nice cultural bridge as I was the only non-Jew in the class 🙂

      1. My Hebrew and Arabic names weren’t given at birth, they came later when I was to choose which religion I wanted to follow, and the secular* French and Celtic names on my birth certificate weren’t working in Hebrew or Arabic, lol.

        *The word you’re looking for. 😉