Iranian Names

Iranian names are used in the country of Iran in southwestern Asia. See also about Iranian names.
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'ABBAS عبّاس m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian عبّاس (see ABBAS).
ABBAS عبّاس m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "austere" in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's uncle. It was also borne by a son of Ali, the fourth caliph.
ABDOLHOSSEIN عبدالحسّین m Persian
Means "servant of al-Husayn" from Arabic عبد ('abd) meaning "servant" combined with حسّین (Hosseyn), the Persian form of Arabic HUSAYN. This name refers to Husayn ibn Ali, the son of Ali.
ABDOLLAH عبدالله m Persian
Persian form of ABD ALLAH.
ABDOLREZA عبدالرضا m Persian
Means "servant of al-Ridha" from Arabic عبد ('abd) meaning "servant" combined with رضا (Reza), the Persian form of Arabic RIDHA. This name refers to the 9th-century Shia imam Ali al-Ridha.
ABOLFAZL ابولفضل m Persian
Persian form of ABU AL-FADL.
ADEL عادل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ADIL, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
AFSOON افسون f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian افسون (see AFSOUN).
AFSOUN افسون f Persian
Means "charm, spell" in Persian.
AFSUN افسون f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian افسون (see AFSOUN).
AGHIL عقیل m Persian
Persian form of AQIL.
AHMAD احمد m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "most commendable, most praiseworthy" in Arabic (a superlative form of HAMID (1)).
AKBAR اکبر m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Indian (Muslim)
Means "greater, greatest" in Arabic. This was the name of a 16th-century Mughal ruler who expanded the empire to include most of India.
ALBORZ البرز m Persian
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
ALI (1) علی m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh, Dhivehi, Albanian, Bosnian
Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali ibn Abi Talib was a cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world. His followers were the original Shia Muslims, who regard him as the first rightful caliph.... [more]
AMIN امین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic أمين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
AMIR (1) امیر m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
ANAHITA آناهیتا f Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.
ARASH آرش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" in Persian. In Persian legend Arash was a Persian archer who was ordered by the Turans to shoot an arrow, the landing place of which would determine the new location of the Persian-Turan border. Arash climbed a mountain and fired his arrow with such strength that it flew for several hours and landed on the banks of the far-away Oxus River.
ARASTOO ارسطو m Persian
Persian form of ARISTOTLE.
ARDASHIR اردشیر m Persian
From the Middle Persian form of Artakhshathra (see ARTAXERXES). This was the name of a 3rd-century king of Persia who defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassanid Empire. He also established Zoroastrianism as the state religion.
ARDESHIR اردشیر m Persian
Modern transcription of ARDASHIR.
AREF عارف m Persian
Persian form of ARIF.
AREZOO آرزو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOU).
AREZOU آرزو f Persian
Means "desire" in Persian.
AREZU آرزو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOU).
ARIA (2) آریا m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آریا (see ARYA (1)).
ARMAN (1) آرمان m Persian, Kazakh
Means "wish, hope" in Persian.
ARYA (1) آریا m & f Persian, Indian, Hindi, Malayalam
From an old Indo-Iranian root meaning "Aryan, noble". In India, this is a transcription of both the masculine form आर्य and the feminine form आर्या. In Iran it is only a masculine name.
ASAL عسل f Persian
Means "honey" in Persian (of Arabic origin).
ATEFEH عاطفه f Persian
Persian form of ATIFA.
AVA (2) آوا f Persian
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
AYOUB ایوب m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of AYYUB, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
AZAD آزاد m Persian, Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Kurdish
Means "free" in Persian. This word has derivatives in several other languages, such as Hindi and Turkish.
AZAR آذر f & m Persian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZIZ عزیز m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik
Means "powerful, respected, beloved", derived from Arabic عزّ ('azza) meaning "to be powerful" or "to be cherished". In Islamic tradition العزيز (al-'Aziz) is one of the 99 names of Allah. A notable bearer of the name was Al-'Aziz, a 10th-century Fatimid caliph.
AZRA عذرا f Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
BABAK بابک m Persian, Ancient Persian
Means "little father" in Persian. This was the name of the father of Ardashir, the founder of the Sassanid Empire in Persia. It was also borne by the 9th-century resistance leader Babak Khorramdin.
BAHADUR بهادر m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior".
BAHAR بهار f Persian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
BAHMAN بهمن m Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Vohu Manah meaning "good mind". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with domestic animals. It is also the name of the eleventh month in the Iranian calendar.
BAHRAM بهرام m Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Verethragna meaning "victory over resistance". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with victory and war. This name was borne by several Sassanid emperors. It is also the Persian name for the planet Mars.
BAKHTIAR بختیار m Persian, Urdu
Means "lucky, fortunate" in Persian.
BARAN باران f & m Persian, Turkish, Kurdish
Means "rain" in Persian. It is typically feminine in Persian and masculine in Turkish and Kurdish.
BARAZ بارز m Persian
Means "exalted" in Persian.
BEHNAM بهنام m Persian
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
BEHROOZ بهروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROUZ).
BEHROUZ بهروز m Persian
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
BEHRUZ بهروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROUZ).
DANA (4) دانا m & f Persian, Arabic
Means "wise" in Persian.
DANYAL دانیال m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish
Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish form of DANIEL.
DARA (3) دارا m Persian
Means "wealthy" in Persian.
DARIUSH داریوش m Persian
Modern Persian form of Dārayavahush (see DARIUS).
DARYA (2) دریا f Persian
Means "sea, ocean" in Persian.
DARYUSH داریوش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian داریوش (see DARIUSH).
DAVUD داود, داوود m Persian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian
Persian, Azerbaijani and Bosnian form of DAVID.
DELARA دلآرا f Persian
Means "adorning the heart", from Persian دل (del) meaning "heart" and آرا (ara) meaning "decorate, adorn".
DELSHAD دلشاد m & f Persian (Rare)
Means "happy heart, cheerful" in Persian, from دل (del) meaning "heart" and شاد (shad) meaning "happy".
EBRAHIM ابراهیم m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ABRAHAM. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إبراهيم (see IBRAHIM).
EHSAN احسان m & f Persian
Persian form of IHSAN.
ELAHEH الهه f Persian
Means "goddess" in Persian.
ELHAM الهام f Persian
Persian form of ILHAM.
ERFAN عرفان m Persian
Persian form of IRFAN.
ESKANDAR اسکندر m Persian
Persian form of ALEXANDER.
ESMAIL اسماعیل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ISHMAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل (see ISMA'IL).
FARHAD فرهاد m Persian
Means "gained, earned" in Old Persian. This was the name of several rulers of Parthia. Their names are often spelled Phraates after the Hellenied form Φραάτης.
FARID فرید m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "unique, precious", derived from Arabic فرد (farada) meaning "to be unique". This was the name of a 13th-century Persian poet.
FARIDOON فریدون m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فریدون (see FEREYDOUN).
FARROKH فرّخ m Persian
Means "happy, auspicious" in Persian.
FARZANEH فرزانه f Persian
Means "wise, intelligent" in Persian.
FATEMAH فاطمه f Persian
Persian form of FATIMAH.
FERESHTEH فرشته f Persian
Means "angel" in Persian.
FEREYDOON فریدون m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فریدون (see FEREYDOUN).
FEREYDOUN فریدون m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "the third" in Persian. In the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh this is the name of a virtuous king who ruled for 500 years.
FIROOZEH فیروزه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروزه (see FIROUZEH).
FIROUZ فیروز m Persian
From Persian پیروز (piruz) or فیروز (firuz) meaning "victorious". This name was borne by Firuz Shah Tughlaq, a 14th-century sultan of Delhi who did much to build the city's infrastructure.
FIROUZEH فیروزه f Persian
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of FIROUZ.
FIRUZ فیروز m Persian, Tajik
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروز (see FIROUZ), as well as the usual Tajik form.
FIRUZEH فیروزه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروزه (see FIROUZEH).
GHOLAM غلام m Persian
Persian form of GHULAM.
GHONCHEH غنچه f Persian
Means "flower bud" in Persian.
GOHAR گوهر f & m Persian, Armenian, Urdu
From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.
GOL گل f Persian
Means "flower, rose" in Persian.
GOLBAHAR گلبهار f Persian
Means "spring rose" in Persian.
GOLNAR گلنار f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose" and انار (anar) meaning "pomegranate".
GOLNAZ گلناز f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol) meaning "flower, rose" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort".
GOLSHAN گلشن f & m Persian
Means "rose garden" in Persian.
GOLZAR گلزار m & f Persian
Means "rose cheeked" in Persian.
HADI هادی m Arabic, Persian
Means "leader, guide" in Arabic.
HAMED حامد m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian حامد (see HAMID (2)).
HAMID (1) حمید m Arabic, Persian
Means "praiseworthy" in Arabic, from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". In Islamic tradition الحميد (al-Hamid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
HAMID (2) حامد m Arabic, Persian
Means "praiser" in Arabic.
HAMIDE حمیده f Persian
Persian feminine form of HAMID (1).
HASAN حسن m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian
Means "handsome" in Arabic, from the root حَسُنَ (hasuna) meaning "to be beautiful, to be good". Hasan was the son of Ali and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. He was poisoned by one of his wives and is regarded as a martyr by Shia Muslims. This was also the name of two kings of Morocco. It is sometimes transcribed as Hassan, though this is a distinct name in Arabic.
HASHEM هاشم m Persian
Persian form of HASHIM.
HASSAN حسّان m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "beautifier, improver" in Arabic. Hassan ibn Thabit was a 7th-century poet who was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad. This name is sometimes transcribed as Hasan, though the two names are spelled distinctly in Arabic.
HEYDAR حیدر m Persian
Persian form of HAIDAR.
HORMOZ هرمز m Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of AHURA MAZDA.
HOSSEIN حسّین m Persian
Persian form of HUSAYN.
IMAN ایمان f & m Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic أمُنَ (amuna) meaning "to be faithful". It is typically feminine in Arabic and typically masculine in Persian.
ISA (1) عیسى m Arabic, Persian, Albanian
Arabic form of JESUS. This form is found in the Quran and is used as a given name by Muslims. Arabic-speaking Christians instead use يسوع (Yasu') to refer to Jesus Christ.
JAFAR جعفر m Arabic, Persian
Means "stream" in Arabic. Jafar ibn Abi Talib was a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad who was killed fighting against Byzantium in the 7th century. Another notable bearer was Jafar al-Sadiq, the sixth Shia imam.
JAHAN جهان m Persian
Means "world" in Persian. This name was borne by Shah Jahan, a 17th-century Mughal emperor who is best known as the builder of the Taj Mahal.
JAHANARA جهانآرا f Persian (Archaic), Bengali
From Persian جهان (jahan) meaning "world" and آرا (ara) meaning "decorate, adorn". This was the name of the eldest daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
JAHANGIR جهانگیر m Persian, Urdu
Means "world conqueror" in Persian. This was the name of a 17th-century Mughal emperor.
JALAL جلال m Arabic, Persian
Means "greatness" in Arabic.
JALEH ژاله f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ژاله (see ZHALEH).
JALIL جلیل m Arabic, Persian
Means "important, exalted" in Arabic.
JAMSHED جمشید m Persian, Tajik, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian جمشید (see JAMSHID), as well as the regular Tajik form.
JAMSHEED جمشید m Persian, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian جمشید (see JAMSHID).
JAMSHID جمشید m Persian, Uzbek, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Yima Kshaeta, which meant "shining JAM". This was the name of a mythological king of Persia. He is known as either Jamshid or Jam, where Jamshid is a combination of his original name and an honourific.
JAVAD جواد m Persian
Persian form of JAWAD.
JAVED جاود m Persian, Urdu
Means "eternal" in Persian.
KAMBIZ کامبیز m Persian
Modern Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KARIM کریم m Arabic, Persian
Means "generous, noble" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous". In Islamic tradition الكريم (al-Karim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
KATAYOUN کتایون f Persian
Possibly from Old Persian kata, modern کده (kadeh), meaning "house" and بانو (banu) meaning "wife". This is the name of the wife of Goshtasb in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
KATAYUN کتایون f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian کتایون (see KATAYOUN).
KAVEH کاوه m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means "royal" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Kaveh is a blacksmith who leads a rebellion against the evil ruler Zahhak.
KHADIJEH خدیجه f Persian
Persian form of KHADIJA.
KHODADAD خداداد m Persian
Means "God given" from Persian خدا (khoda) meaning "god, lord" and داد (dad) meaning "gave".
KHORSHID خورشید m & f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian خورشید (see KHURSHID).
KHURSHID خورشید m & f Persian, Urdu, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Hvare Khshaeta meaning "shining sun". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel) who was associated with the sun.
KHWAJA خواجه m Persian
From a title meaning "master, owner" in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.
KIAN (1) کیان m Persian
Means "king, foundation, symbol of pride" in Persian.
KIANOUSH کیانوش m Persian
Derived from Persian کیا (kiya) meaning "king".
KOUROSH کورش m Persian
Persian form of CYRUS.
KUROSH کورش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian کورش (see KOUROSH).
LALEH لاله f Persian
Means "tulip" in Persian.
LEILA لیلا f Persian, Arabic, Kurdish, English, Georgian
Variant of LAYLA, and the usual Persian transcription.... [more]
LEYLA لیلا f Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Persian, Arabic, English (Modern)
Variant of LEILA, and the usual Turkish, Azerbaijani and Kurdish form.
MAHDI مهدی m Arabic, Persian
Means "guided one" in Arabic.
MAHIN مهین f Persian
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
MAHINE مهین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مهین (see MAHIN).
MAHMOUD محمود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian محمود (see MAHMUD).
MAHMUD محمود m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Uzbek, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay
Means "praised" in Arabic, from the same root as Muhammad. This was the name of the first Muslim ruler of India (11th century). It was also borne by two Ottoman sultans.
MAHSA مهسا f Persian
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
MAHTAB مهتاب f Persian
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
MAHVASH مهوش f Persian
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
MANI (2) مانی m Persian
Meaning unknown, presumably of Persian origin. Mani was a 3rd-century prophet who founded the religion of Manichaeism (which is now extinct).
MARYAM مریم f Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir, Tatar
Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir and Tatar form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
MASOOD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MASOOMEH معصومه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian معصومه (see MASOUMEH).
MASOUD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MASOUMEH معصومه f Persian
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASSOUD مسعود m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MAS'UD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MEHDI مهدی m Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Persian and North African form of MAHDI.
MEHR مهر m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship" and "sun". It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
MEHRAB مهراب m Persian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) meaning "water". This is the name of the king of Kabul in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
MEHRDAD مهرداد m Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr) meaning "sun" and داد (dad) meaning "given". Since مهر is also the Modern Persian form of MITHRA, this name can also function as a modern form of MITHRIDATES.
MEHRNAZ مهرناز f Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr) meaning "friendship" or "sun" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort". This is the name of a character in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
MINA (3) مینا f Persian
Means "azure, enamel" in Persian.
MINOO مینو f Persian
Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.
MINU مینو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مینو (see MINOO).
MIRZA میرزا m Persian, Arabic, Bosnian
Means "prince" from Persian میرزا (mirza), earlier امیرزاده (amirzadeh), which is ultimately from Arabic أمير (amir) meaning "commander" combined with Persian زاده (zadeh) meaning "offspring".
MITRA (2) میترا f Persian
Modern variant of MITHRA used as a feminine name. The true Modern Persian form of Mithra is in fact Mehr.
MOHAMMAD محمّد m Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tatar
Persian form of MUHAMMAD, as well as an alternate transcription for Arabic and several other languages.
MOJDEH مژده f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژده (see MOZHDEH).
MOJGAN مژگان f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژگان (see MOZHGAN).
MORTEZA مرتضی m Persian
Persian form of MURTADA.
MORVARID مروارید f Persian
Means "pearl" in Persian.
MOZHDEH مژده f Persian
Means "good news" in Persian.
MOZHGAN مژگان f Persian
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
MUSA موسى m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
NAHEED ناهید f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ناهید (see NAHID).
NAHID ناهید f Persian
Modern Persian form of ANAHITA. This is also the Persian name for the planet Venus.
NARGES نرگس f Persian
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower" in Persian, ultimately derived from Greek (see NARCISSUS).
NASRIN نسرین f Persian, Bengali
Means "wild rose" in Persian.
NAVEED نوید m Persian, Arabic
Alternate transcription of Persian نوید or Arabic نويد (see NAVID).
NAVID نوید m Persian, Arabic
Means "good news" in Persian.
NAZLI نازلی f Persian
Means "delicate, beautiful, coy" in Persian.
NEDA (2) ندا f Persian
Persian form of NIDA.
NEGAR نگار f Persian
Means "beloved" in Persian.
NEGIN نگین f Persian
Means "gemstone" in Persian.
NILOOFAR نیلوفر f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian نیلوفر (see NILOUFAR).
NILOUFAR نیلوفر f Persian
Means "water lily" in Persian.
NIMA (2) نیما m Persian
Possibly means "just, fair" in Persian.
NIUSHA نیوشا f Persian
Means "good listener" in Persian.
NOUSHA نوشا f Persian (Rare)
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
OMID امید m & f Persian
Means "hope" in Persian.
PANIZ پانیذ f Persian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PARASTOO پرستو f Persian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTU پرستو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرستو (see PARASTOO).
PARI پری f Persian
Means "fairy" in Persian.
PARISA پریسا f Persian
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
PARVAIZ پرویز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرویز (see PARVIZ).
PARVANEH پروانه f Persian
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVIN پروین f Persian
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
PARVIZ پرویز m Persian
Means "fortunate, happy" in Persian. This name was borne by a son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
PARWIZ پرویز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرویز (see PARVIZ).
PAYAM پیام m Persian
Means "message" in Persian.
PEDRAM پدرام m Persian
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
PIROOZ پیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIROUZ).
PIROUZ پیروز m Persian
Variant of FIROUZ.
PIRUZ پیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIROUZ).
RAHIM رحیم m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto
Means "kind, compassionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحيم (al-Rahim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMAN رحمان m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Bengali
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمٰن (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
REZA رضا m Persian
Persian form of RIDHA.
ROGHAYEH رقیه f Persian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROSHAN روشن m & f Persian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSHANAK روشنک f Persian, Ancient Persian
Original Persian form of ROXANA.
ROSHANARA روشنآرا f Persian (Archaic)
From Persian روشن (roshan) meaning "light" and آرا (ara) meaning "decorate, adorn". This was the name of the second daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
ROSTAM رستم m Persian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha "to grow" and takhma "strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi recorded his tale in the Shahnameh.
SAAM سام m Persian, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian سام (see SAM (2)).
SADEGH صادق m Persian
Persian form of SADIQ.
SADEQ صادق m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian صادق (see SADEGH).
SAFA صفا m & f Persian, Turkish, Arabic
Persian and Turkish form of SAFAA or SAFAA', as well as an alternate Arabic transcription of either of those names.
SAHAR سحر f Arabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
SAKINEH سکینه f Persian
Persian form of SAKINA.
SAM (2) سام m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "dark" in Avestan. This is the name of a hero in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
SAMIRA (1) سمیرا f Arabic, Persian
Feminine form of SAMIR (1).
SANAZ ساناز f Persian
Possibly means "full of grace" in Persian.
SARDAR سردار m Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian سر (sar) meaning "head, authority" and the suffix دار (dar) meaning "possessor".
SETARE ستاره f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ستاره (see SETAREH).
SETAREH ستاره f Persian
Means "star" in Persian.
SEYED سید m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SEYYED سیّد m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SHABNAM شبنم f Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHADI (2) شادی f Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
SHAHEEN شاهین m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاهین (see SHAHIN).
SHAHIN شاهین m Persian, Arabic
Means "falcon" in Persian, referring more specifically to the Barbary falcon (species Falco pelegrinoides). The bird's name is a derivative of Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king".
SHAHNAZ شهناز f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "delight of the king" from Persian شاه (shah) meaning "king" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort, coquetry".
SHAHRAM شهرام m Persian
Means "king Ram" in Persian. Ram (or Raman) is the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
SHAHRAZAD شهرزاد f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) meaning "city" and آزاد (azad) meaning "free". This is the name of the fictional storyteller in The 1001 Nights. She tells a story to her husband the king every night for 1001 nights in order to delay her execution.
SHAHRIAR شهریار m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهریار (see SHAHRIYAR).
SHAHRIYAR شهریار m Persian
Means "lord" in Persian.
SHAHROKH شاهرخ m Persian
Means "royal face" in Persian, from شاه (shah) meaning "king" and رخ (rokh) meaning "face". This was the name of a 15th-century ruler of the Timurid Empire (a son of Timur).
SHAHRZAD شهرزاد f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهرزاد (see SHAHRAZAD).
SHAHZAD شهزاد m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
SHAPOUR شاپور m Persian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHAPUR شاپور m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاپور (see SHAPOUR).
SHARIF شریف m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
SHEREEN شیرین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see SHIRIN).
SHIDEH شیده f Persian
Means "bright" in Persian.
SHIR (2) شیر m Persian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SHIREEN شیرین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see SHIRIN).
SHIRIN شیرین f Persian
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
SHIVA (2) شیوا f Persian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
SHOHRE شهره f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see SHOHREH).
SHOHREH شهره f Persian
Means "famous" in Persian.
SHOKOUFEH شکوفه f Persian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
SHOKUFEH شکوفه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شکوفه (see SHOKOUFEH).
SIAVASH سیاوش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions" in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
SIAVUSH سیاوش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian سیاوش (see SIAVASH).
SIMA (1) سیما f Persian
Means "face, visage" in Persian.
SIMIN سیمین f Persian
Means "silvery" in Persian.
SOHEIL سهیل m Persian
Persian form of SUHAIL.
SOHEILA سهیلا f Persian
Persian feminine form of SUHAIL.
SOHRAB سهراب m Persian, Persian Mythology
Probably from Middle Persian swhr "red" and ab "water". In the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh this is the name of the son of the hero Rostam. He was tragically slain in battle by his father, who was unaware he was fighting his own son.
SOMAYEH سمیه f Persian
Persian form of SUMAYYA.
SOODEH سوده f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian سوده (see SOUDEH).
SORAYA ثریا f Persian, Spanish, French, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya (1932-2001), wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
SOROUSH سروش m Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Avestan Sraosha meaning "obedience". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel), later equated with the angel Gabriel.
SOUDEH سوده f Persian
Means "touched" or "painted" in Persian.
TAHMINEH تهمینه f Persian
Modern Persian form of TAHMINA.
VAHID وحید m Persian
Persian form of WAHID.
VIDA (3) ویدا f Persian
Means "visible" in Persian.
YAHYA یحیى m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of Yochanan (see JOHN). This name honours John the Baptist, a prophet in Islam.
YASAMAN یاسمن f Persian
Variant of YASAMIN.
YASAMIN یاسمین f Persian
Persian form of YASMIN.
YASER یاسر m Persian, Turkish, Arabic
Persian and Turkish form of YASIR, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
YASIN یاسین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the Arabic letters ي (called ya) and س (called sin). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Quran (surah Ya Sin).
YASSER یاسر m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic ياسر (see YASIR) or Persian یاسر (see YASER).
YOUNES یونس m Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Northern African and Persian form of YUNUS.
YOUSEF یوسف m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of YUSUF, as well as an alternate Arabic transcription.
YUSEF یوسف m Persian, Arabic
Alternate transcription of Persian یوسف (see YOUSEF) or Arabic يوسف (see YUSUF).
ZAHIR ظهیر m Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from Arabic ظهير (zahir) meaning "helper, supporter". This can also be an alternate transcription of Arabic زاهر (see ZAAHIR (1)) or ظاهر (see ZAAHIR (2)).
ZAHRA زهرا f Arabic, Persian
Means "brilliant, bright" in Arabic. This is an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.
ZARTOSHT زرتشت m Persian
Modern Persian form of ZARATHUSTRA.
ZEINAB زینب f Persian
Persian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEYNAB زینب f Persian, Azerbaijani
Alternate transcription of Persian زینب (see ZEINAB) or Azerbaijani ZEYNƏB.
ZHALEH ژاله f Persian
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
ZHUBIN ژوبین m Persian (Rare)
Possibly a variant of چوبین (see CHOBIN).
ZIAEDDIN ضیاءالدین m Persian
Persian form of ZIYA AL-DIN.
ZIBA (1) زیبا f Persian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
ZINAT زینت f Persian
Means "ornament" in Persian (of Arabic origin).
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