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The name Jamal means "God's beauty or God's mercy." It is the opposite of the name Jalal which means "God's wrath." It is originally an Arabic name and used commonly among Muslims. The female form of Jamal is 'Jamala' and is quite popular. It may also be spelled as 'Jemal' or 'Jemala.'
-- angelina  2/12/2005
Malcolm-Jamal Warner played Theo on "The Cosby Show."
-- breakofday  12/21/2005
I like this name, but most people now think of it as a ghetto name as opposed to an Arabic name since it's been popular with black people.
-- bananarama  8/14/2008
The main character in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire is named Jamal.
-- cateyedsnake  3/31/2009
I don't care if it's popular with black people. I love its meaning and the way it sounds is wonderful!
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2014
This Arabic name is pronounced "Jə-MAL", NOT "Jay-MAL".
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2014
Ironically, there was a boy in my grade school class named Jamal, and he was UGLY (sorry).
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2015
Another tacky name from the hood. Jamal sounds like the name of a gangsta who does drugs and fathers kids by different women.
-- TyrannosaurusRegina  10/1/2015
I may be white, but it's a nice name.
-- thenamer007  12/12/2015
Extremely common amongst African descent people. I don't mind this name but I can't picture a Caucasian (which includes me) named this at all. Jamal is an decent name but works well for darker-skinned people.
-- Anonymous User  1/14/2016
The name Jamal was given to 353 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Jamal are male.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2017

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