Unique, Exotic Sounding Names
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|Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:20am|
Wouldn't it be cool to search the internet for baby names using SOUND?
In diction, there is a beautiful sound called a "voiced alveo-palatal fricative." In IPA, the symbol to write this sound is d̠͡ʑ. On babynamesworld.com, the pronunciation guide looks like "Zh" as in beige, cashmere, rouge, corsage, sabotage, massage, entourage, collage, mirage, luxuriant, and camouflage. I REALLY would like to name my baby a name with this sound in it because I think it sounds beautiful, unique, and special.
Here are some names I've found:
Da'Janique (An American creation pronounced Dah-Zha-Neek) I read the name tag of a young woman who worked at Burger King, fell in love with her name and told her so. She was impressed that I pronounced it correctly as most people didn't she said. The only problem is, this name sort of sounds African-American and most people would imagine her to be black and have a sister named Shaniqua or something. There is just something about naming a white child with a black name that doesn't feel right. The same thing goes for these gorgeous boy names:
Raj: Arabic for Anticipation. The young man in "The Black Stallion Returns" who helps the hero Alec find his beloved horse is named Raj and I really think it is such an exotic, beautiful name.
Taji: Sanskrit for Crown (and the feminine form is Taja.)
These names are so beautiful, but they sound so foreign like they belong to an Indian prince or princess.
I was once on a softball team with a girl named Nadeije (pronounced Nah-Deh-Zh) I have no idea what it means or where it's from because I can't find it on any site but I think it's a beautiful name.
Does anyone know of any other names that have this sound in it? The name I am looking for does not need to be American or modern but it should not be so exotic that when a teacher reads the name on an attendance sheet that the class expects to hear a foreign exchange student say "here!" Also, I'd like for the name to have a significant meaning behind it. Da-Janique does not have a meaning. I guess you could say it means "grace" because it has the Ann in there and Daja means "already" in French. *SIGH* I don't know.