Ali 1 علي m Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 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]
Ghulam غلام m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
Means "servant, boy"
in Arabic. It is often used as the first part of compound names.
Gul ګُل m & f Urdu, Pashto
Means "flower, rose"
in Urdu and Pashto, ultimately from Persian.
Khan خان m Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "king, ruler"
. Its origin is probably Mongolian, though the word has been transmitted into many other languages.
Malalai ملالۍ f Pashto
Means "sad, grieved"
in Pashto. This was the name of a Pashtun woman who encouraged the Afghan forces during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand against the British.
Muhammad محمّد m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Uzbek, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "praised, commendable"
in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida)
meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel
, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.... [more]
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)
Sher شیر m Urdu, Pashto
in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.