Eyebrows raised as Saudi father names newborn after US first daughter

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A Saudi citizen residing in the northern city of Arar has named his new baby Ivanka, after the daughter of the US president, Ivanka Trump. The name was registered with the Health Ministry at the Women and Children Hospital in Arar and a picture of the birth certificate is being widely circulated on Whatsapp inside the Kingdom.

Salem Amer Salem Al-Ayashi Al-Anzi, father of newborn Ivanka said he named his daughter after the US first daughter, because there are no religious or moral prohibitions in Arabic or Saudi culture. A colleague had informed him that the meaning of Ivanka is “upmost beauty” and another said that it means “God is gracious,” he added.

Saudi journalist Moteeran Al-Nams, a friend of Abu Ivanka (the nickname of the newborn’s father), opined that what pushed Al-Anzi to select this name for his daughter was the fact that his friends have challenged him to do it, “and in our culture, we don’t step back from a challenge.”


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