AALIYAH f Arabic, English (Modern)
Feminine form of AALI
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by the singer Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001), who was known simply as Aaliyah.
'ABLA f Arabic
Means "full-figured" in Arabic. The 7th-century Arabic poet Antara dedicated much of his poetry to a woman named Abla.
AIDA f Arabic, Literature
Variant of AYDA
. This name was used in Verdi's opera 'Aida' (1871), where it belongs to an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt.
AISHA f Arabic, Urdu, American
Means "alive" in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad
's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr
. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali
, the fourth caliph, but was defeated. This name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
ALMAS f & m Arabic
Means "diamond" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian.
ARWA f Arabic
Possibly means "mountain goats" in Arabic. This was the name of a 12th-century queen of Yemen.
ASMAA f Arabic
Means "appellations, names" in Arabic. This was the name of a daughter of Abu Bakr
, the first caliph of the Muslims.
ASRA f Arabic
Means "travel at night" in Arabic. It is related to Isra
AYDA f Arabic
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
BATUL f Arabic
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary
FAYRUZ f Arabic
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Arabic, ultimately of Persian origin.
HAFSA f Arabic
Means "gathering" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Umar
, the second caliph, and a wife of Muhammad
HALA f Arabic
Means "halo around the moon" in Arabic. This was the name of a sister-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad
HIND f Arabic
Possibly means "group of camels" in Arabic. Hind bint Abi Umayyah, also known as Umm Salama, was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad
HUSNI m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حسن (husn)
meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
ISRA f Arabic
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara)
"to travel at night".
JAWAHIR f Arabic
Means "jewels" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian گوهر (gohar)
JAWDAT m & f Arabic
Means "goodness, excellence", derived from Arabic جاد (jada)
"to be excellent".
JINAN m & f Arabic
Means "garden" or "paradise" in Arabic.
KHADIJA f Arabic, Malay
Means "premature child" in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad
's first wife and the mother of all of his children. She was a wealthy merchant and a widow when they married in the year 595. Muhammad received his first revelation 15 years after their marriage, and she was the first person to convert to Islam.
LAMYA f Arabic
Means "having beautiful dark lips" in Arabic.
LAYLA f Arabic, English
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.
LEILA f Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian
Variant of LAYLA
. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.
LUBNA f Arabic
Means "storax tree" in Arabic. According to a 7th-century legend Lubna and Qays were a couple forced to divorce by Qays's father.
MAHA f Arabic
Means "oryx" in Arabic. The oryx is a variety of antelope that is said to represent beauty.
MARWA f Arabic
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is one of the names of a sacred hill near Mecca.
MARYAM f Arabic, Persian
Arabic and Persian form of MARIA
. In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
MASUMA f Arabic
Means "innocent" in Arabic. After her death, this name was applied to Fatima, a daughter of the 9th-century Shia imam Musa al-Kadhim.
MUNA f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah)
NAILA f Arabic
Feminine form of NAIL
. This was the name of the wife of Uthman
, the third caliph of the Muslims. She tried in vain to prevent a mob from murdering her husband, and had several fingers cut off in the process.
RAABI'A f Arabic
Means "fourth" in Arabic. This name was borne by an 8th-century Sufi mystic from Basra in Iraq.
RABAB f Arabic
From the Arabic word rababah
, a musical instrument. This was the name of the wife of Muhammad
's grandson Husayn
RANIYA f Arabic
Means "looking at", derived from Arabic رنا (rana)
RAWIYA f Arabic
Means "storyteller", derived from Arabic روى (rawa)
RAYYAN m & f Arabic
Means "watered, luxuriant" in Arabic. According to Islamic tradition this is the name of one of the gates of paradise.
RIM f Arabic
Means "white antelope" in Arabic.
RUQAYYAH f Arabic
Derived either from Arabic رقى (ruqia)
meaning "rise, ascent" or from رقية (ruqyah)
meaning "spell, charm, incantation". This was the name of one of the daughters of the Prophet Muhammad
. She became a wife of Uthman
, the third caliph of the Muslims.
SADAF f Arabic
Means "seashell, mother-of-pearl" in Arabic.
SALMA f Arabic
Means "safe", derived from Arabic سلم (salima)
"to be safe".
SARA f Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, German, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, English, Arabic, Persian, Bosnian
Form of SARAH
SARAH f English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham
's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became the pregnant with Isaac
at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai
, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).... [more]