Liz A. Vogel (lizvogel) wrote in linguaphiles,
Liz A. Vogel

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Looking for an uncommon Pashtun name

I seem to have stumped the fine folks over at little_details with this one, so it was suggested that I try here. (And after getting distracted reading old posts for an hour, I am!)

I'm looking for a Pashtun given or "most-called" name for a male character in a story I'm working on. For plot-related reasons, it needs to be a fairly uncommon name -- not freakishly unusual, but distinctive enough for another character to know who it is without a surname or tribal name attached.

I've googled variations of "Pashtun/Afghan/Pakistani first/most-called names" and gotten the usual name sites, but nothing that gives me a good feel for how commonly-used they are. I really don't want to accidentally name this guy the Pashto equivalent of "John". Help?
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