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Fatima is a character in Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist.
-- Soul  5/8/2006
Fatima in Portugal is the site of Mary's famous apparitions to three shepherd children.
-- prisca  7/27/2006
It's actually of Arabic origin! And pronounced FAH-TIM-AH.
-- minikupcake  12/6/2006
Fatima is the name of Prophet Mohammed's daughter.
-- nvclyde  12/10/2006
I LOVE THIS NAME! Here in England it is actually quite popular, as several girls in my school are named this. Yes it has Arabic origin, though I know of some Hindus with this name - though if you stop and think about it, cultures and religions are constantly swapping names, for example Zara Phillips.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2007
Oh G-d, a name can be of one of more nationality or origin, you small minded IDIOTS! So cut this 'actually it's Arabic' crap because it is 101% definitely BOTH Portuguese and Arabic, and I have also met many different cultures with this name. I was born in Fátima, which IS a place in Portugal, and I have met many, many, many Portuguese Fatima's in my life.

It's an okay name, nothing particularly special, but it's okay.
-- Anonymous User  2/16/2007
I hate to burst your bubble, but Fatima's origins are in the Arabic language. The village you are referring to was named after a Moorish (Spanish citizens of Arabic descent) princess. The only reason Fatima became popular in Portugal is because three peasant children of the famed village claimed to see the Virgin Mary appear in 1917. Catholics picked up the name in honor of the "sighting."
-- sarahj  10/27/2007
It's a lovely name, but I can't imagine what hell it must be to be called 'Fatima' if you're at all overweight. Kids can be cruel.
-- Elspeth  5/15/2007
In Morocco you'll find many Fatimas. Tradition has been to name at least one daughter (usually the first) after the Prophet's daughter. It's normal to find an old granny named Fatima, with a daughter named Fatima, who has a niece named Fatima. (like with my in-laws).

I didn't like the name Fatima much when I was little, but I like it more these days. Not only is the name popular in Muslim countries, but also in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking areas.
-- Anonymous User  8/16/2007
This name is quite common in lots of places isn't it? It's not one of my faves, but it's okay. Lots of people in Brazil are called Fatima.
-- dreamgirl54  11/10/2007
Let's face it, any name with "fat" in it will be persecuted mercilessly by anglophone bullies.
-- leananshae  12/17/2007
Personally, before I knew how to pronounce it correctly, I thought that this was an ugly name. I was pronouncing it so that it sounded pretty close to fat-ma. Fuh-TEEM-uh is really quite pretty, in my opinion. I'm so glad that I finally heard the correct pronunciation of Fatima this year. It's really won me over.
-- neverland4962  7/1/2008
Actually it IS of Portuguese usage as well for the person who's saying it's Arabic. It's my mother's middle name, and she's Portuguese. There's a famous town in Lisbon I believe called Fatima. It's used for BOTH Arabic and Portuguese.
-- tigerlilly  12/14/2008
Hmm, I think this name is beautiful. Hey, I usually don't like variant spellings but what about this FItima. Fitima! Instead of "fat" make it "fit". And you can use Fifi as a nickname. Cute :)!
-- italiannames  10/30/2009
There was a Fatimid dynasty so called because they claimed they were descended from the Prophet's daughter Fatima. Definitely Arabic, the only reason the Portuguese use the name was because they were ruled for hundreds of years by the Muslims. The Fatimids were rulers of Egypt.
-- Anton  3/11/2010
The youngest daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was called Fatima and is the most famous bearer of the name, as her name is famed amongst millions of Muslims. Fatima (RA) was also the only offspring of the Prophet (PBUH) who lived to give birth to children. Some of her descendants include the monarchs who presently rule Jordan.
-- Shahzadi  8/28/2010
Fatima did spread to Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries through Islamic influence, but it originally came from Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)'s daughter's name was Fatima and she was around AD 600. Therefore, the true origins of Fatima is Arabic but it is certainly of Portuguese usage.
-- Shahzadi  8/28/2010
Fatima Siad is a Somalian model. She famously came 3rd on Cycle 10 of America's Next Top Model, and has been hugely successful ever since. She continues to model, and is also famed for her activism against female genital mutilation.
-- xsai  6/9/2011
I love this name very much. It's quite common where I live. I know six Fatimas, only one of whom, a girl from Lebanon, is Muslim. The others are all Catholic - I think it works well in both Arabic and Portuguese.
-- Buneary  12/26/2012
I love this name because of Our Lady of Fatima, and it reminds me of a pretty statue of her covered with faux gemstones and glitter with shining Rosary beads and a golden, bright imperial crown atop her head.
-- StarMoon  12/29/2012
I hate this name! I know a Fatima and she is very mean. I do feel sorry for all the Fatima's because (this is also why I hate this name) their name has the word fat in it. Do not name your kid this, because they may get teased or feel ashamed about their own name.
-- Melys11  1/11/2013
Fatima Cigarettes (pronounced fa-TEE-ma) was a brand of cigarette produced in the United States by the Liggett & Myers (L&M) tobacco company.
-- essie  4/28/2014
My name is Maria Fatima. Fatima in Latin America, Mediterranean countries and Poland is known for being a Christian Catholic name. Someone here said it was of a "muslim princess", I would rather say it belonged to a converted Christian woman of Arabic origin who was very loved in a little town in Portugal that later would be called "Fatima", and it is the same town where our Lady Mary appeared to three little children. I was baptised "Maria de Fatima" (Mary from Fatima). And no one has ever called me "fat" for my name, but some ignorants think that I'm a muslim, even though they see I'm also called Maria. I'm proud to carry this name in honour of my Lady.
-- MariaFatima  4/30/2014
"Fah-TIM-ah" is the correct pronunciation, NOT "Fah-TEE-mah".
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/16/2014
Fatima Robinson, a music video director and choreographer.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/16/2014

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