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post #1 of 18 Old 09-17-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Why do most Arabians have odd names?

I'm not trying to push any buttons here-- I know Arabs with names like Rip and Jack, but most of the time you see Arabians that have odd or hard to pronounce names (well, hard for me). I'm talking about names like Maraffa and Pyeshonna, things like that (and those are two names I've actually seen).

Anyone know why? I've always owned Quarter Horses, and we've always given them simple names hahaha

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-17-2011, 09:14 AM
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They're named in Arabic. The language from their origin.
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I thought that that was the reason for it-- I just see it all over, even in the south and I thought it was different.

Maybe I'm not giving us southerners much credit. Where to they get the names from, though? Is it from their registration, like people tend to do with QHs? For example, my mom's horse's registered name is Honey Dee Money, so we call the horse Honey. Is it the same thing?

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Yeah they do the same, I'm sure that they have barn names as well. Maybe someone who actually knows something about arab lineage could help you better. Lol.
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Mine is named Mia. That is pretty simple. It comes from part of her registered name, which I would have to look up. The mare I sold last December was called Lilly, but her new owners call her Brooke, again from her papers.
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I was just wondering. Like I said, I've seen plenty with short, English based names, but I was just wondering where they came up with the Arab names.

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My arabs name is Shnookie. Lol
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I know a guy who breeds arabs, and when it comes to naming he usually comes up with something himself, or he bases it on the foals parents. I know an Arab who's name is Ejazza Mali (we call him jazz) and his dams name is Lulu Mali. My Arabs barn name is Freddy, but his registered name is El Yusafir.
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Frequently it depends on the strain or type of breeding the horse has. The Egyptians are more likely to name a horse Ibn or Bint something (Ibn Al Muktar or Bint Maysa). Ibn means son of and Bint means daughter of. Generally for boys they'll name them Ibn Stallion and the fillies are Bint Mare.

The Polish tend to name for the first letter in the dam's name, Forta, Fortalla, Farmacja and so on. Russians do the same since they use a lot of Polish horses but if the foal is born in Russia it becomes a Russian Arab rather than a Polish Arab. Confused beyond hope yet?

Then there are fad names like Psyche. We have Padrons Psyche, Magnum Psyche, Pstrategy, Psitadel, etc etc to show they are all Psyche related.

Or they can show the stud where they were born, Gazal, Gazal al Shaqab, Marwan al Shaqab, then Marwan al Magnificoo because Marwan al Shaqab is the sire and the foal was out of an Echo Magnificoo daughter.

My stallion svs Il Divo crossed on my Magic Dream daughter might end up with a filly like Dream Diva DCA. SVS is the intials of his breeder's last name, DCA stands for Dreamcatcher Arabians.

The straight Egyptian names can be pretty tricky to get around but usually you can sound them out pretty close. Personal choice? I refuse to name any foal an Arabic name because of 9/11.

My stallion's name is Italian (why? I don't know, sounded good at the time I guess, his sire's name is Fornaio.) so I might name a colt Ducati DCA for an Italian motorcycle. I have a saddlebred colt named Hillbilly Harley so that would carry the motorcycle theme a little farther. There are some horses named after designers and perfumes (Escada Bey, Stetson Bey, Cacharel, etc.).

Some folks take the naming of a foal SUPER seriously and you can offend them with a funny name. I can't tell you the number of breeders who gave me pure Hayell for naming Harley, Hillbilly Harley DCA. Oh well, I bred him, my horse, my name. Besides, he IS a bad little motor scooter. Someone I know tried to name a palomino half Arab Acapulco Gold and their friends hit the roof.

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Because Siouxse Two Sox is a STUPID NAME. Yes, thats my mares name. Id take something I cant pronounce over that in a heart beat!
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