Honest opinions on the following names for our baby boy

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy this year. We are both born and raised in [name_u]London[/name_u] and have Turkish parents. We are thinking of giving our baby a Turksih name but only if it sounds good and is easily pronounced by non-Turkish speakers here in [name_f]England[/name_f].

We have gone through every potential turkish name there is and these are the only ones we really like. It would be helpful to us if you could explain why you like or dislike a name as well as we are gathering as much details as we can.

Our front runners are:

Levent (Leh-Vent)

Emre ([name_f]Em[/name_f]-[name_u]Ray[/name_u]/[name_u]Rey[/name_u])

Evren (Ehv-[name_u]Wren[/name_u])

We are also starting to consider middle name options, preferably 1 or 3 syllable ones as our surname is 2 syllables.

The name would preferable be something that works in turkish as well, so any ideas on what would flow well with your favorite would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

I like Levent and Evren. They seem very simple to pronounce in english. I could see some people having trouble with Emre the first time they see it.

I do not have issues pronouncing any of the names, I am an english speaker in the United States. My personal favorite is Emre. Second choice would be Evren.

I’m an english speaker in the US and I think any of those would probably work. I like Evren the best.

[name_u]Love[/name_u] Metin & Evran

I am an English speaker, and I don’t see pronunciation issues at all! I personally love Emre the best, but Evren and Levent are great too! I think if you both love one of these names, go for it! I wouldn’t worry too much about pronunciation, I doubt most people will have to ask. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the feedback everyone, it is nice to hear such positive comments about some of the names :slight_smile:

I love names that are steeped in culture! I agree, they’re all easily pronouncible once instructed. I think in [name_f]Canada[/name_f] he would get a lot of [name_u]Evan[/name_u] instead of Evren, but that does give it a comfortable feel. I’m not sure if it’s correct, but my instinct is to pronounce Levent like [name_m]Laurent[/name_m]. My favourite is Emre though, simple but distinct.

Congratulations on your Pregnancy! :slight_smile: All three are lovely but Emre has something special and warm sounding which I love! [name_f]May[/name_f] I ask what they all mean please?

My favorite is definitely Evren. I think it sounds great and I don’t see there being any issues with pronunciation. I first read Emre as em-ree and I think it would get that pronunciation a lot. I don’t care for Levent as much as the other two.

They are all gorgeous and the pronounciations are all straightforward, Emre is my favourite, followed by Evren and then Levent

I’m from [name_f]England[/name_f] and I could pronounce them all just fine.

Here is my honest opinion:

Was not too sure about Levent. Would never have guessed it was Turkish. Sounds like it could be [name_m]French[/name_m] for ‘the event’ or even ‘the vent’.

I really liked the sound of Emre - cute enough for a little lad yet still retaining dignity for an adult.

Evren is great too. Not so ‘cutie’, quite distinguished.

For second names:

Alp (Heroic)

[name_f]Mert[/name_f] (courageous)

Cem (the one who rules) - this, though, is pronounced ‘jem’ - so would cause a problem with pronounciation.

Wishing you and your husband and families much joy and happiness with your son.

Honestly, I think they’re all handsome. I think honoring your country of origin is important…that being said I think Evren is my favorite.

I wouldn’t recommend Levent - it just seems confusing to me as a name. Emre might but hard to pronounce, but I like it. Evren is also nice.

I like Emre best, followed by Evren. I pronounce Emre like [name_f]EM[/name_f]-ree though… not sure if I’ve been saying it wrong in my head?

I guess you would know better than me since it’s Turkish! oops! I still like it best though, and what a nice meaning!

Thank you!

Here are the meanings:

Emre = [name_m]Friend[/name_m] (but not used in regular dialogue)
Levent = Handsome (but not used in regular dialogue)
Evren = Universe (used in regular dialogue)

They are all lovely meanings, thank you, but once again I particularly love Emre meaning [name_m]Friend[/name_m]! :slight_smile: Would you consider Emre Levent as a Name Combination? It sounds so handsome and elegant and the two Meanings work beautifully together! :slight_smile: All the VERY best deciding, you truly can’t go wrong! :slight_smile:

Yes, it is something we would definitely consider… only thing that puts me off that combination is that they are both 2-syllable names and our surname is also 2 syllables…

We have looked at one syllable and 3 syllable Turkish names but we don’t like them as much… but I guess with a middle name you don’t have to love it as much as the first…? :slight_smile:

Emre is my favourite! [name_u]Love[/name_u] his meaning and his sound! I love names with M somewhere in the middle, particularly when there’s an R involved as well. I’ve recently fallen for Cemre for a girl, which is also Turkish I believe?

Evren is at a solid second place for me, his similarity to [name_u]Evan[/name_u] and following a popular pattern (two syllables, ends-in-N) makes him less special than Emre. I love Evren as well though, but I don’t think he stands out as well as Emre, and I really value that in a name.

Levent is nice, but I don’t find it as sweet as the other two, nor do I like the flimsier ‘handsome’ meaning when the other two have such awesome meanings.