We’re up for a challenge with choosing another boy name. I want something Somali that English speakers know how to pronounce and sounds nice to both sets of ears. So far the one thing that I’ve observed: many of the names can’t confidently be selected in advance. For example, there are names for a baby born when it’s raining, born in a neighbor’s house, born in the middle of the night, or born on Friday.
My husband pointed out that traditionally, final naming decisions didn’t need to be arrived at immediately after birth. The nomadic folks had weeks or months to select a name if they wanted.