Sayyiduna Abud Dardaa’ (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “You will be called on the day of Qiyamah by your names and the names of your fathers, so keep good names” (Abu Dawood, Hadith #:4948)
The above Hadith emphasizes that parents should give good Islamic names to their children. A good name is that which has a good meaning and also gives the child an Islamic identity. Unfortunately, it has become a trend these days to give unusual names to children which lack good meaning and in many cases, lacks an Islamic identity. Such names are preferred merely due them sounding “fancy” or “unique” or even worse, due to it being the name of a fashion icon or actor/actress. Parents should consider the Islamic well-being of the children and ensure that they give their children appropriate names.