Revealed! Here's why Saif Ali Khan and Kareena named their son Taimur!

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"Of all the names I ran by Kareena, she liked this one the best."

When Kareena and Saif Ali Khan named their baby Taimur, not only their fans, but the whole world as well was a little shocked and unhappy with the choice considering the name was little old fashioned.

Besides, history states that Taimur(Timur) was a cruel Turkish ruler who not just slaughtered tens of thousands of Hindus in Delhi, but massacred countless Muslims in Iran and Turkey.

This just started the whole controversy on social media with everyone questioning why Kareena and Saif chose such a controversial name for their first born. So much was the stir that Rishi Kapoor, Kareena's uncle, had to jump in and slam all the trolls.

 

However, not once did Kareena and Saif officially gave any statement to clarify why they had chosen such a unique name for the baby. And rightly so, because at the end of the day, it is the parents right to give a name of their choice to their baby.

 

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But it looks like Saif could not take it anymore and decided to reveal the real reason of choosing their baby's name Taimur.

“I’m aware of the heritage of the Turkish ruler and my son was not named after him. He was Timur, my son is Taimur. Perhaps the root is similar but it’s not the same name. Taimur is an ancient Persian name meaning iron. Both my wife and I liked its sound and the meaning," he told a leading news daily.

Saif goes on to say that Kareena liked the name as it was really strong.

"In fact, of all the names I ran by Kareena, she liked this one the best because it’s beautiful and strong. Taimur was the name of a boy he’d grown up with and a cousin too. It’s an old family name like Sara who was also named after a cousin I admired," he adds.

 

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He also said that he doesn't really care about the trolls.

"I should have added a disclaimer, as they do in the movies, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental… Yes, there were some people who raised some objections but obviously just to look at medieval history and to make value judgments is, I think, ridiculous, and a lot of people have said that on my behalf. I feel quite confident that we don’t live in a right-wing society. As yet, India is still liberal and people are still open-minded," he said.

Top baby names of 2016

1. Misha: After Rani Mukherjee named her daughter ‘Adira,’ which is a combination of her parents’ name, Shahid and Mira followed close on heels and have named their daughter, Misha.This unique name is also a combination name and includes both the parents’ first few letters- Mi(ra)sha(hid).
2. RahylEver since he was born, Riteish and Genelia’s newborn son had been in the news. Born on June 6, the baby is the couple’s second born and is now a 6-months old. Riteish Deshmukh had announced his little ones name on Twitter and the announcement was made in style as always. This is what he wrote: “RAHYL – The Youngest Deshmukh”.
Rahyl (or Rahil) is derived from Hebrew and means ‘innocent’. It’s also an indirect Quranic name for boys that means ‘traveller’. Now that’s a well-thought name for sure! Hope he is as popular and charming as his dad and elder brother.
3. Reyansh: Shweta Tiwari named her newborn son Reyansh, who was born on November 27. She declared the baby’s name is style with a sweet message: “Reyansh Kohli… From the moment they placed you in my arms, you snuggled right into my Soul.” The couple have chosen a beautiful Hindu name which means ‘ray of light’ and it also means ‘part of Lord Vishnu.’

Also Read: Rahyl, Reyansh and Taimur: Here are the baby names that ruled 2016!

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