Kelli Bamforth
March 02, 2018 1:33 pm
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Picking the perfect name for your baby is a difficult task, and there’s no guarantee your choice won’t result in at least some form of future embarrassment for your kiddo. (Remember “Josie Grossie” from Never Been Kissed? And who knows what kind of unfortunate nicknames will befall some of the more unconventionally named celebrity children out there, no matter how cool we think they are.) We can all agree, however, that giving your child a name that means something to you is probably most important, which is why we’re excited to share these gorgeous Egyptian baby names with you.

If you or someone you know is expecting, these Egyptian baby names definitely deserve some consideration. These unique and elegant monikers are steeped in history (Queen Cleopatra was pretty badass, right?) and are the perfect blend of traditional and modern. Even pet parents might find inspiration in this list of Egyptian baby names. We think Layla, for example, would be really great for a sassy cat. And who wouldn’t want the name Akila for their Akita? (See what we did there?)

From Issa to Rashida, these beautiful Egyptian baby names might be perfect for your little bundle of joy, regardless of whether they’re furry or human. We’d also like to note that some of these names don’t have a pinpointed place of origin, but have an Egyptian background. Check ’em out and let us know what you think!

1Akil

Meaning: intelligent

2Ammon

Meaning: God of a united Egypt

3Cleopatra

Meaning: a queen of Egypt

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4Darius

Meaning: name of a pharaoh

5Ebony

Meaning: dark beauty

6Hasani

Meaning: handsome

7Bahiti

Meaning: fortune

8Issa

Meaning: grateful or “God saves”

9Jafari

Meaning: creek or stream

10Jahi

Meaning: dignified

11Kamilah

Meaning: perfect

12Khalid

Meaning: eternal or immortal

13Kissa

Meaning: sister of twins

14Layla

Meaning: born at night

15Lotus

Meaning: flower

16Mandisa

Meaning: sweet

17Masika

Meaning: born during rain

18Naeem

Meaning: benevolent

19Nefertiti

Meaning: name of a queen

20Neema

Meaning: born in prosperity

21Rashida

Meaning: righteous

22Osiris

Meaning: god of the dead

23Rashidi

Meaning: wise

24Shakir

Meaning: grateful

25Shani

Meaning: wonderful

26Talibah

Meaning: seeks knowledge

27Tarik

Meaning: morning star

28Thema

Meaning: queen

29Umi

Meaning: life

30Zalika

Meaning: well born

Which of these Egyptian baby names is your favorite?

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