Saudi Bans 50 Given Names Including Amir and Mamlaka, Okaz Says

Saudis are no longer allowed to name their children Amir, which means prince in Arabic, or Mamlaka, which means kingdom, among 48 other names, Okaz newspaper reports, citing an Interior Ministry statement.

The statement bans the names for either conflicting with social and religious traditions or being inappropriate names of foreign origin. The list also includes names common among Shiites, such as Abdulnabi and Abdulrasool, in addition to foreign names, like Maya, Sandy and Alice.

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