Persian Names

Persian names are used in the country of Iran, in southwestern Asia, which is part of the Muslim world. See also about Iranian names.
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'ABBASعبّاسmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of ABBAS.
ABBASعبّاسmArabic, 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.
Persian form of ABD ALLAH.
Persian form of ABU AL-FADL.
ADELعادلmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of ADIL, as well as a variant transcription of the Arabic name.
Persian form of AQIL.
AHMADاحمدmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "more commendable" in Arabic.
AKBARاکبرmArabic, Persian, Urdu, 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.
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
ALI (1)علیmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh
Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali 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]
AMINامینmArabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
AMIR (1)امیرmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
ANAHITAآناهیتاfPersian, 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.
ARASHآرشmPersian, 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.
Persian form of ARISTOTLE.
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.
Modern transcription of ARDASHIR.
Persian form of ARIF.
Means "desire" in Persian.
Variant transcription of AREZOO.
Variant transcription of AREZOO.
ARIA (2)آریاmPersian
Variant transcription of ARYA.
ARMAN (1)آرمانmPersian, Kazakh
Means "wish, hope" in Persian.
ARYAآریاm & fPersian, 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.
Persian form of ATIFA.
AVA (2)آواfPersian
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
AZADآزادmPersian, Indian, Hindi, Azerbaijani, Turkish
Means "free" in Persian. This word has derivatives in several other languages, such as Hindi, Turkish and Armenian.
AZARآذرf & mPersian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZIZعزیزmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Uzbek
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.
AZRAعذراfArabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
BABAKبابکmPersian, 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.
BAHADURبهادرmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave".
BAHARبهارfPersian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
BAHMANبهمنmPersian, 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.
BAHRAMبهرامmPersian, 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.
BANUبانوfPersian, Turkish
Means "lady" in Persian.
Means "exalted" in Persian.
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
Variant transcription of BEHROOZ.
DANA (4)داناm & fPersian, Arabic
Means "wise" in Persian.
DANYALدانیالmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish
Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish form of DANIEL.
DARA (3)داراmPersian
Means "wealthy" in Persian.
Modern Persian form of Dārayavahush (see DARIUS).
DARYA (2)دریاfPersian
Means "sea, ocean" in Persian.
Variant transcription of DARIUSH.
Persian form of DAVID.
Means "adorning the heart", from Persian دل (del) meaning "heart" and آرا (ara) meaning "decorate, adorn".
DELSHADدلشادm & fPersian
Variant transcription of DILSHAD.
DILSHADدلشادm & fPersian
Means "happy heart, cheerful" in Persian.
EBRAHIMابراهیمmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of ABRAHAM. It is also a variant transcription of Arabic IBRAHIM.
EHSANاحسانm & fPersian
Persian form of IHSAN.
Means "goddess" in Persian.
Persian form of ILHAM.
Persian form of IRFAN.
Persian form of ALEXANDER.
ESMAILاسماعیلmPersian, Arabic
Persian form of ISHMAEL. It is also a variant transcription of Arabic ISMA'IL.
Variant transcription of FIRUZEH.
FARIDفریدmArabic, Persian, Urdu, Azerbaijani
Means "unique, precious", derived from Arabic فرد (farada) meaning "to be unique". This was the name of a 13th-century Persian poet.
Variant transcription of FEREYDOUN.
Persian form of FARUQ.
Persian form of FATIMAH.
Means "angel" in Persian.
Variant transcription of FEREYDOUN.
FEREYDOUNفریدونmPersian, Persian Mythology
Means "the third" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of a virtuous king who ruled for 500 years.
FIRDAUSفردوسmArabic, Persian
Derived from the Arabic word فردوس (firdaws) meaning "paradise", ultimately derived from Avestan pairidaeza meaning "garden, enclosure". This name belonged to the 11th-century Persian poet and historian Firdausi, the author of the 'Shahnameh'.
Variant transcription of FIRUZEH.
Variant transcription of FIRUZ.
Variant transcription of FIRUZEH.
Variant transcription of FIRUZ.
FIRUZفیروزmPersian, Tajik
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.
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of FIRUZ.
Persian form of GHULAM.
Means "flower bud" in Persian.
Means "flower, rose" in Persian.
Means "spring rose" in Persian.
Derived from Persian گل (gol) "flower, rose" and انار (anar) "pomegranate".
Derived from Persian گل (gol) "flower, rose" and ناز (naz) "pride".
GOLSHANگلشنf & mPersian
Means "rose garden" in Persian.
GOLZARگلزارm & fPersian
Means "rose cheeked" in Persian.
HADIهادیmArabic, Persian
Means "leader, guide" in Arabic.
HAMEDحامدmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of HAMID (2).
HAMID (1)حمیدmArabic, Persian
Means "praiseworthy, praised" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الحميد (al-Hamid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
HAMID (2)حامدmArabic, Persian
Means "praiser" in Arabic.
Persian feminine form of HAMID (1).
HASANحسنmArabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian
Means "handsome", derived from Arabic حسن (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.
Persian form of HASHIM.
HASSANحسّانmArabic, 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.
Persian form of HAIDAR.
Persian form of HUSAYN.
IMANایمانm & fArabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic امن (amuna) meaning "to be faithful".
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.
JAHANGIRجهانگیرmPersian, Urdu
Means "world conqueror" in Persian. This was the name of a 17th-century Mughal emperor.
JALALجلالmArabic, Persian
Means "greatness" in Arabic.
Variant transcription of ZHALEH.
JALILجلیلmArabic, Persian
Means "important, exalted" in Arabic.
JAMSHEDجمشیدmPersian, Tajik, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of JAMSHID, as well as the regular Tajik form.
JAMSHEEDجمشیدmPersian, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of JAMSHID.
JAMSHIDجمشیدmPersian, 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.
JAVEDجاودmPersian, Urdu
Means "eternal" in Persian.
Modern Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KARIMکریمmArabic, Persian
Means "generous, noble" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الكريم (al-Karim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Possibly from the Persian elements kata "house, city" (but also "king, lord") and bânu "wife".
KAVEHکاوهmPersian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means "royal" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Kaveh is a blacksmith who leads a rebellion against the evil ruler Zahhak.
Persian form of KHADIJA.
Means "God given" from Persian خدا (khoda) "god, lord" and داد (dad) "gave".
KHORSHIDخورشیدm & fPersian
Variant transcription of KHURSHID.
KHURSHIDخورشیدm & fPersian, 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.
From a title meaning "master, owner" in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.
KIAN (1)کیانmPersian
Means "king, foundation, symbol of pride" in Persian.
Derived from Persian kian "royal".
Variant transcription of KUROSH.
Persian form of CYRUS.
Means "tulip" in Persian.
LEILAلیلاfArabic, 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.
MAHDIمهدیmArabic, Persian
Means "guided one" in Arabic.
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
Variant transcription of MAHIN.
MAHMOUDمحمودmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of MAHMUD.
MAHMUDمحمودmArabic, Persian, Pashto, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay
Means "praiseworthy" 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.
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
MANI (2)مانیmPersian
Meaning unknown, presumably of Persian origin. Mani was a 3rd-century prophet who founded the religion of Manichaeism (which is now extinct).
MARYAMمریمfArabic, Persian, Urdu
Arabic, Persian and Urdu form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
MASOODمسعودmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
MASOUDمسعودmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
Persian form of MASUMA.
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
MAS'UDمسعودmArabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
Persian form of MAHDI.
MEHRمهرmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA.
MEHRABمهرابmPersian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) "water". This is the name of a character in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
Modern Persian form of MITHRIDATES.
Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.
Variant transcription of MINOO.
MIRZAمیرزاmPersian, 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)میتراfPersian
Modern variant of MITHRA used as a feminine name. The true Modern Persian form of Mithra is in fact Mehr.
MOHAMMADمحمّدmPersian, Tatar, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali
Persian and Tatar form of MUHAMMAD. It is also a variant transcription of the Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto and Bengali name.
Variant transcription of MOZHDEH.
Variant transcription of MOZHGAN.
Persian form of MURTADA.
Means "pearl" in Persian.
Means "good news" in Persian.
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
MUSAموسىmArabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
Variant transcription of NAHID.
Modern Persian form of ANAHITA. This is also the Persian name for the planet Venus.
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower" in Persian, ultimately derived from Greek (see NARCISSUS).
NASRINنسرینfPersian, Bengali
Means "wild rose" in Persian.
NAVEEDنویدmPersian, Arabic
Variant transcription of NAVID.
NAVIDنویدmPersian, Arabic
Means "good news" in Persian.
Means "delicate, beautiful, coy" in Persian.
NEDA (2)نداfPersian
Persian form of NIDA.
Means "water lily" in Persian.
Variant transcription of NILOOFAR.
NIMA (2)نیماmPersian
Possibly means "just, fair" in Persian.
Means "good listener" in Persian.
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
OMIDامیدm & fPersian
Means "hope" in Persian.
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
Variant transcription of PARASTOO.
Means "fairy" in Persian.
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
Variant transcription of PARVIZ.
PARVANAپروانهfAzerbaijani, Persian
Variant transcription of PƏRVANƏ (Azerbaijani) or PARVANEH (Persian).
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVINپروینfPersian, Azerbaijani
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
Means "fortunate, happy" in Persian. This name was borne by a son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.
Variant transcription of PARVIZ.
Means "message" in Persian.
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
Variant transcription of PIRUZ.
Variant of FIRUZ.
RAHMANرحمانmArabic, Persian, Indonesian, Malay
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمان (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Persian form of RIDHA.
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROSHANروشنm & fPersian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSHANAKروشنکfPersian, Ancient Persian
Original Persian form of ROXANA.
ROSHANARAfPersian (Archaic)
Possibly means "light of the assembly" in Persian. This was the name of a daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
ROSTAMرستمmPersian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha "to grow" and takhma "strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 11th-century Persian poet Firdausi recorded his tale in the 'Shahnameh'.
SAAMسامmPersian, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of SAM (2).
Persian form of SADIQ.
SAHARسحرfArabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
Persian form of SAKINA.
SAM (2)سامmPersian, Persian Mythology
Means "dark" in Avestan. This is the name of a hero in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SAMIRA (1)سمیراfArabic, Persian
Feminine form of SAMIR (1).
Possibly means "full of grace" in Persian.
SARDARسردارmPersian, Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian sar "head, authority" and dar "possessor".
Variant transcription of SETAREH.
Means "star" in Persian.
Persian form of SAYYID.
Persian form of SAYYID.
SHABNAMشبنمfPersian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHADI (2)شادیfPersian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
Variant transcription of SHAHIN.
Means "peregrine falcon" in Persian.
SHAHNAZشهنازf & mPersian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHRAZADشهرزادfPersian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "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.
Variant transcription of SHAHRIYAR.
Means "lord" in Persian.
Means "royal face" in Persian.
Variant transcription of SHAHRAZAD.
SHAHZADشهزادmPersian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHARIFشریفmArabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
Variant transcription of SHIRIN.
Means "bright" in Persian.
SHIR (2)شیرmPersian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
Variant transcription of SHIRIN.
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
SHIVA (2)شیواfPersian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
Variant transcription of SHOHREH.
Means "famous" in Persian.
Means "blossom" in Persian.
SIAVASHسیاوشmPersian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions" in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
Variant transcription of SIAVASH.
SIMA (1)سیماfPersian
Means "face, visage" in Persian.
Means "silvery" in Persian.
Persian form of SUHAIL.
Persian feminine form of SUHAIL.
SOHRABسهرابmPersian, Persian Mythology
Probably from Middle Persian swhr "red" and ab "water". In the 11th-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.
Persian form of SUMAYYA.
SORAYAثریاfPersian, Spanish, French
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya, wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
SOROUSHسروشmPersian 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.
Persian form of WAHID.
VIDA (3)ویداfPersian
Means "visible" in Persian.
YAHYAیحیىmArabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of Yochanan (see JOHN). This name honours John the Baptist, a prophet in Islam.
Variant transcription of YASMIN.
YASERیاسرmPersian, Turkish, Arabic
Persian and Turkish form of YASIR, as well as a variant transcription of the Arabic name.
YASINیاسینmArabic, Persian, Urdu
From the Arabic letters ي (called ya) and س (called sin). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Qur'an (surah Ya Sin).
YASMEENیاسمینfPersian, Arabic
Variant transcription of YASMIN.
YASMINیاسمینfPersian, Arabic, English (Modern)
From Persian یاسمن (yasamen) meaning "jasmine". In modern times it has been used in the English-speaking world, as a variant of JASMINE.
Variant of YASMIN.
YASMINEیاسمینfPersian, Arabic, English (Modern)
Variant transcription of YASMIN.
YASSERیاسرmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of YASIR.
YOUSEFیوسفmPersian, Arabic
Variant Arabic transcription of YUSUF, as well as a Persian transcription.
YUSEFیوسفmPersian, Arabic
Variant Arabic transcription of YUSUF, as well as a Persian transcription.
ZAHIRظهیرmArabic, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from Arabic ظهير (zahir) meaning "helper, supporter". This can also be a variant transcription of ZAAHIR (1) or ZAAHIR (2).
ZAHRAزهراfArabic, Persian
Means "brilliant, bright" in Arabic. This is an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.
Means "golden" in Persian.
Modern Persian form of ZARATHUSTRA.
Persian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEYNABزینبfPersian, Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of ZEINAB (Persian) or ZEYNƏB (Azerbaijani).
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
Means "spear" in Persian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
Persian form of ZIYA AL-DIN.
ZIBA (1)زیباfPersian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
ZINATزینتfArabic, Persian
Means "ornament" in Arabic.
Variant of ZHUBIN.