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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AFROUZ f Persian
Means "illuminating, enlightening, kindling" in Persian.
AHU f Turkish, Persian
Means "female deer" in Persian and "beautiful eyes" in Turkish.
ANOUSH m & f Persian (Rare)
Derived from Persian انوشه (anuše)
meaning "immortal", ultimately from Old Persian *anauša-
and Avestan anaoša
ANOUSHEH f & m Persian, Iranian
Means "eternal life, immortality, goodness and happiness". Famous bearer is Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space.
ARAS m Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, Urdu
In Kurdish and Persian it means “equal”, “balanced”. The word Aras commonly refers to the Aras River, which flows through Turkey, Armenia, Iran and Azerbaijan.
ARGHAVAN f Persian
From the Persian name of a type of flowering tree, known as Judas Tree in English.
ARMEEN m Persian
A character in the Persian epic poem, 'Shāhnāmeh'. Of unknown meaning, but possibly related to Armaan
ARZHANG m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly derived from Persian جنگ (jang)
meaning "war" or رنگ (rang)
meaning "colour". This is the name of a character in the Persian epic 'Shahnameh'.
ASAL f Persian
Means "honey" in Persian, ultimately from Arabic عَسَل (ʿasal)
ASHKAN m Persian
Means "like Ashk, belonging to the Ashkan empire" in Persian.
ASHRAF m & f Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From Arabic أَشْرَف (ʾašraf)
meaning "most noble, most honoured", the elative degree of شَرِيف (šarīf)
ATOSSA f Ancient Persian (Hellenized), Persian
Greek form of the Persian name *Utauθa
, also recorded in Avestan as Hutaosā
, which may have meant "well trickling" or "well granting". Hutaosā was the queen of Kavi Vištāspa, royal patron of the prophet Zarathustra; Cyrus gave the name to his eldest daughter, who married Darius and became the mother of Xerxes... [more]
ATTASHIN f Persian
Derived from Persian آتش (ātash)
, meaning "fire", with the intended meaning of "fiery".
AYAN m Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi, Turkish
Persian and Urdu meaning is prima-facie. Hindi and Tamil usage is from 'Ayan' the name of Brahma, the Creator. Ayan' in Turkish, means "obviously" or "clearly". Ayan in Sanskrit means 'Speed'.
AZARMIDOKHT f Persian, History
From the Middle Persian name Āzarmīgdukht
, which was possibly derived from Persian آزرم (âzarm)
"modesty, shame; honour, respect" and دخت (dokht)
"daughter". This was the name of a queen of the Sasanian Empire who reigned from 630 to 631.
AZIN f Persian
Means "beauty, adornment". In ancient Persian, it meant "creed, system".
AZITA f Persian
Derived from Persian آزاد (âzâd)
meaning "free, independent".
BAHARAK f Persian
Means "small spring" in Persian, derived from Persian بهار (bahâr)
meaning "spring, blossom" (see Bahar
BAHAREH f Persian
Derived from Persian بهار (bahâr)
meaning "spring, blossom".
BAHÍYYIH f Persian
Persian form of Bahiyya
. This name was borne by a member the Bahá'í holy family: Bahíyyih Khánum (1846-1932), the only daughter the Bahá'í Faith's founder, Bahá'u'lláh.
BAKSHI f Persian
Name of a Mughal princess derived from بخشیدن (baxšidan)
meaning "to donate, grant, absolve" or بخش (baxš)
meaning "portion, lot".
BARDIA m Persian, Ancient Persian
Derived from Proto-Iranian *bardz
- "be high", interpreted as meaning "high in status, magnificent". Bardia or Bardiya
was the younger son of Cyrus II "the Great".
BARSINE f Ancient Persian, Persian
Means "clover" in Persian. This name was borne by a mistress of Alexander the Great (daughter of Artabazus) and also by one of his wives (Barsine-Stateira, daughter of King Darius III).
BEHÂFARID m & f Persian
Derived from Persian به (beh)
meaning "good" and آفرید (âfarid)
BEHDAD m Persian
From Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent" combined with داد (dâd)
BEHNAZ f Persian
From Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent" combined with ناز (naz)
meaning "luxury, comfort".
BEHNOOSH f Persian
Means "good drink", from Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent" combined with نوش (nuš)
BEHZAD m Persian
Means "noble, high-born, honorable", derived from Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent" combined with زاد (zâd)
meaning "child, son".
BIJAN m Persian, Literature
Modern form of Bizhan
. In literature, Bijan is the name of a character in the 11th-century epic poem 'Shahnameh' written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi.
BIZHAN m Persian
Later form of Vezhan
, of which the meaning is uncertain. It may possibly be etymologically related to the New Persian verb بختن (bextan)
, which can mean "to sift" as well as "to sieve"... [more]
BOZORGMEHR m Persian
Derived from Persian بزرگ (bozorg)
meaning "large, big, great" combined with مهر (mehr)
meaning "kindness, mercy".
CHAKAVAK f Persian
Feminine Iranian given name from the word چکاوک (chakavak)
DARAB m Persian
Means "glory, power, wealth" in Persian. This is the name of a character in the Persian epic 'Shahnameh'.
DELBAR f Persian
“Charming”, but it literally means “one who takes/captures hearts”
DURR-E-NAJAF f Persian
Feminine name meaning "Gem or a precious stone of Najaf city". Najaf is one of the holy sites of Shiite Islam.
EHTERAM f Persian
Means "respect" or "to respect", ultimately from the Arabic احترام (iḥtirām)
EILIAR m Turkish, Persian
A Turkish and Persian name that means “friend of the tribe”, “friend of the people”, and “one who is beloved by the people”.
ELNAZ f Persian, Iranian
Elnaz is a Turkish-Persian name for girls that means “love of the people” and “beloved of the people”. It is made up of the Turkish word El (“people”, “tribe”) and the Persian naz (“love”, “beauty”, etc.).
ELYAR m Turkish, Persian
Another form of Eiliar
. Also means "Keeper of the family"; "el" meaning family or nation and "yar" meaning someone who keeps or protects.
ESFANDIAR m Persian, Persian Mythology, Literature
Modern Persian form of Sepandiar
, which was the early New Persian form of the Middle Persian name Spandadat
. The latter name ultimately comes from the Avestan name Spentodata
, which means "given by (the) holy"... [more]
FARAHNAZ f & m Persian
Derived from Arabic فَرَح (faraḥ)
meaning "happiness, gladness, joy" combined with Persian ناز (nâz)
meaning "delight, comfort".
FARANAK f Persian
Etymology uncertain - it may be a form of Parvaneh
which means "little butterfly" and refers to the Persian lynx or caracal, or be derived from the Middle Persian plwʾnk' (parwānag)
meaning "guide, leader".
FARANGIS f Persian, Persian Mythology
This is the name of a female character in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'. Farangis is the wife of Siavash and mother of Kay Khosrow.
FARAZ m Urdu, Persian
Derived from Persian فراز (farâz)
meaning "ascent, height, elevation".
FARHAD m Ancient Persian, Persian, Indian, Pakistani
Means "elation" or "happiness" in ancient Persian. This name was borne by the first blacksmith in Persia, as well as by a hero in the romantic Persian story "Shireen Farhad".
FARIYANE f Persian
Derived from Parthian fryʾng (fryānag, friyānag)
meaning “friend, beloved”.
FARNAZ f Persian
Derived from Persian فر (farr)
meaning "splendour, brilliance, luster" combined with ناز (nâz)
meaning "luxury, comfort".
FARSHAD m Persian
From Persian فر (farr)
meaning "splendour, beauty, brilliance" combined with شاد (šâd)
meaning "glad, happy, cheerful".
FARSHID m Ancient, Persian
A name whose philological background could be traced back to Old Persian scriptures. It consists from two morphemes far
("splendour, shine") + shîd
("sun, sun beams"). In this manner we could translate the name as "sunshine" or "the splendor/pomp of the sun."
FARSIRIS f Persian (Rare)
Possibly a Persian form of Parysatis
. The name Parysatis was borne by one of the wives of Alexander the Great, the youngest daughter of Artaxerxes III of Persia.
FARZAD m Persian
Means "splendid birth" derived from Persian فر (farr)
meaning "splendour, brilliance, lustre" combined with -زاد (-zâd)
meaning "child, son, offspring".
FARZANEH f Persian
Derived from Persian فرزانه (farzâne)
meaning "wise, learned, highly knowledgeable".
GELAREH f Persian
Derived from Southern Kurdish گِلارە (gilare)
meaning “eye, pupil”.
GHAZAL f Persian
This name is derived from an Arabic word of the same name which is a form of lyrical love poetry.
GOHAR f Persian
Derived from Persian گوهر (gohar)
meaning "jewel, pearl, gem".
HADIS f Persian
Derived from Arabic حَدِيث (ḥadīṯ)
meaning "story, tale" or "hadith", referring to records of the sayings and actions of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
HEMAT m Persian
Means "determination, will" or "endeavour" in Persian.
HOOMAN m Persian
Means "good thought", derived from Avestan hu
meaning "good" and man
meaning "to think".
IRAJ m Persian
From the Middle Persian Ērič
, derived from ēr
meaning "an Iranian" or "noble". In Persian traditional history he was the youngest son of Fereydoun
and the eponymous hero of the Iranians... [more]
JAHANARA f Persian, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim)
Means "one who adorns the world", from Persian جهان (jahân)
meaning "world, universe" combined with آرا (ârâ)
meaning "arranging, decorating". This was borne by Jahanara Begum Sahib (1614-1681), a Mughal princess and the First Lady of the Mughal Empire.
JAHANSOUZ m Persian
Iranian form of the older Persian given name Jahansuz
, which means "the burning of the world". It was derived from Persian جهان (jahân)
meaning "world, universe" combined with Persian سوز (suz)
meaning "burning" (ultimately from the Persian intransitive verb سوختن (sukhtan)
"to burn, to be burnt").
JAWAD m Arabic, Urdu, Persian
Either from Arabic جَوَاد (jawād)
meaning "generous" or جَوَاد (jawād)
meaning "steed, horse".
KASRA m Persian
Originally 'Kesra'(/kesrä/ → Merriam-Webster phonetic alphabet) , from the Arabic pronunciation of Cosroe (/xōsrō/ M-W ph. al.) which is a Persian first name meaning 'king'. (see Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlane the Great, Part 1)... [more]
KATAYOUN f Persian, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of Katayun
. This is the name of a princess in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'. A known bearer is Iranian actress Katayoun Riahi (1961-).
KAYSAR m Persian
Persian form of the name Caesar
. Thus, the name alludes to Julius Caesar, the emperor of ancient Rome.
KAZEM m Persian
Derived from Arabic كَاظِم (kāẓim)
meaning "he who controls his anger".
KAZHAL f Persian
Derived from Central Kurdish کەژاڵ (kejall
) meaning “gazelle”.
KHAS MAHAL f Persian
The name of an Empress Consort of the Mughal Empire, whose name means "The exquisite one of the palace".
KIANA f Persian
Persian name, possibly meaning "elements of earth". It may be a feminine form of Kian (1)
KIMIYA f Persian
Means "rare" or "alchemy" in Persian, possibly given in reference to the 11th-century Sufi text كيمياى سعادت (Kimiya-yi sa'ādat)
, 'The Alchemy of Happiness', by Al-Ghazali.
KOCHAB f Persian
Feminine Iranian given name derived from the word کوکب (koukab)
meaning "dahlia" or referring to a star in the constellation Ursa Minor.
KOHDA m Persian, American (Rare), Kurdish, Arabic
Khuda (alternatively Kohda) is the Persian word for "god." In Arabic cultures, it is a loan-word for "god" as well, but is quickly becoming replaced by the more common/popular "Allah."
KOUKAB f Persian
Persian feminine name meaning either "star" or "dahlia".
MAHAN m Persian
Derived from Persian ماه (mâh)
MAHASTI f Persian
Means "the moon's being", from Persian māh
"moon" and hastī
MAHYAR m Persian
Means "friend of the moon", derived from Persian ماه (mâh)
meaning "moon" combined with یار (yâr)
meaning "friend, companion".
MANDANA f Persian
Derived from Persian ماندن (mândan)
meaning "to remain, to stay".
MANIJEH f Persian
Iranian feminine name. Meaning unknown. First used in Persian classic love story "Bijan and Manijeh" by Ferdowsi.
MANUCHEHR m Ancient Persian, Persian
Meaning heaven's face. It consists of two parts Manu
(Manou) which means heaven in old Persian language and Chehr
which means face.
MARJAN f Persian
Derived from Persian مرجان (marjân)
meaning “coral”, originally meaning “pearl”.
MARJANE f Persian
Variant of Marjan
notably borne by Marjane Satrapi (1969-), an Iranian-born French illustrator and graphic novelist.
MARZBAN m Persian, Ancient Persian
Meaning "guardian of Persia" (modern day Iran). Derived from marz
"border, boundary" and the suffix -pān
MARZIEH f Persian
Derived from Arabic مَرْضِيَة (marḍiya)
MASHALLAH m Arabic, Persian
From the Arabic phrase مَا شَاءَ ٱللَّه (mā šāʾa l-lah)
meaning "God has willed it", used by Muslims to express joy or thankfulness for an event occurring.
MASTANEH f Persian
From Persian مستانه (mastâna)
meaning "to be intoxicated, passionate".
MAZDAK m Persian, Iranian Mythology
Mazdak is a name derived from the Zorastrian religion. Aura Mazda was the Fire God, I believe. Mazdak is a great mythological name and is used today in the Farsi language by the Persians/Iranians. It is a name with thousands of years of history.
MAZIAR m Persian
There are two theories regarding the origin of this name. It may be derived from Middle Persian m'tgd'l
meaning "steward" through the original spelling ماذیار (māδiyār)
. It may also mean "protected by the yazata of the moon", derived from Persian ماه (mâh)
"moon" and Avestan yazata
meaning "worthy of reverence", which refers to the Zoroastrian concept of praiseworthiness or worship (descended into modern Persian as ایزد (izad)