My DH is of Arabic origin ( I am Caucasian American) so we are trying for names that will not be too ethnic either way. Like, some girl names that work fine are Layla, Nora, and Sarah. But he told me a name yesterday that I really like: it's traditionally spelled Asma but is pronounced Esma. (Just like you are saying the letter S and ma.) I/we can spell a name any way we want in English, so should I just spell it Esma if we go for that? Don't you think it looks like Asthma or Assma spelled with an A?