AALI عالي m Arabic
Means "high, lofty, sublime" in Arabic.
AALIYAH عالية 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.
'AAMIR عامر m Arabic
Means "prosperous, substantial" in Arabic.
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.
ABD AL-AZIZ عبد العزيز m Arabic
Means "servant of the powerful" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with عزيز ('aziz)
meaning "powerful". This was the name of the first king of modern Saudi Arabia.
ABD AL-HAMID عبد الحميد m Arabic
Means "servant of the praiseworthy" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with حَمِيد (hamid)
meaning "praiseworthy". This was the name of two sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
ABD ALLAH عبد الله m Arabic
Means "servant of ALLAH
" from Arabic عبد ('abd)
meaning "servant of" combined with الله (Allah)
. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad
's father. He died before his son's birth.
ABD AL-MALIK عبد الملك m Arabic
Means "servant of the king" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with ملك (malik)
meaning "king". This was the name of the fifth Umayyad caliph, who made Arabic the official language of the empire.
ABD AL-QADIR عبد القادر m Arabic
Means "servant of the capable, powerful" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with قادر (qadir)
meaning "capable, powerful". This was the name of a 19th-century Algerian resistance leader.
ABD AL-RAHMAN عبد الرحمٰن m Arabic
Means "servant of the merciful" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with رحمن (rahman)
meaning "merciful". This was the name of two early caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain.
ABD AL-WALI عبد الولِي m Arabic
Means "servant of the guardian" from Arabic عبد ال ('abd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with ولِي (wali)
meaning "guardian, friend".
'ABLA عبلة f Arabic
Means "full-figured" in Arabic. The 7th-century Arabic poet Antara dedicated much of his poetry to a woman named Abla.
ABU أبو m Arabic
Means "father of" in Arabic. This is commonly used as an element in a kunya, which is a type of Arabic nickname. The element is combined with the name of one of the bearer's children (usually the eldest son). In some cases the kunya is figurative, not referring to an actual child, as in the case of the Muslim caliph Abu Bakr
ABU BAKR أبو بكر m Arabic
Combination of ABU
. Abu Bakr was a companion and father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad
and the first caliph of the Muslim world. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu
; his real name was Abd Allah
. Shia Muslims hold a more negative view of Abu Bakr, hence this name is more widely used among Sunnis.
ADAM آدم m English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Catalan, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam)
meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu
meaning "to make".... [more]
ADEL عادل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ADIL
, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
ADIL عادل m Arabic, Urdu, Uyghur
Means "fair, honest, just" in Arabic, from the root عَدَلَ ('adala)
meaning "to act justly". This name was borne by several sultans of Bijapur.
AIDA عائدة 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 عائشة 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]
AKBAR أكبر m Arabic, 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.
AKRAM أكرم m Arabic
Means "most generous" in Arabic (a superlative form of KARIM
ALA علاء m Arabic
Means "excellence, elevation" in Arabic.
ALA AL-DIN علاء الدين m Arabic
Means "excellence of religion" from Arabic عَلَاء ('ala)
meaning "excellence, elevation" combined with دين (din)
meaning "religion, faith". This was the name of several sultans of Delhi.
AL-AMIR الآمر m Arabic (Rare)
Means "the commander, the prince" in Arabic. This was the name of a 10th-century Fatimid imam.
ALI (1) عليّ m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh, Dhivehi
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]
ALMAS ألماس f & m Arabic
Means "diamond" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian.
AMAAL أمال f Arabic
Means "hopes, aspirations" in Arabic.
AMIN أمين m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin)
meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
ANAS أنس m Arabic
Means "friendliness" in Arabic. This was the name of one of the Prophet Muhammad
ANIS أنيس m Arabic
Means "friendly, friend" in Arabic.
ANWAR أنور m Arabic
Means "brighter, more luminous" in Arabic. This name was borne by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), who was assassinated three years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
AQIL عقيل, عاقل m Arabic
Means "intelligent, wise" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
ARWA أروى f Arabic
Possibly means "mountain goats" in Arabic. This name was borne by some relatives of the Prophet Muhammad
. It was also the name of a 12th-century queen of Yemen.
ASHFAQ أشفاق m Arabic
Means "compassions, kindness" in Arabic.
ASIF أصف m Arabic
Possibly means "forgiveness" in Arabic.
ASMAA أسماء f Arabic
Means "appellations, names" in Arabic. This was the name of a daughter of Abu Bakr
, the first caliph of the Muslims.
ASRA أسرى f Arabic
Means "travel at night" in Arabic. It is related to Isra
ATIF عاطف m Arabic
Means "affection, kindness" in Arabic.
AYAH آية f Arabic
Means "sign, evidence" or "verse" in Arabic, as in one of the passages that make up the Quran.
AYDA عائدة f Arabic
Means "returning, visitor" in Arabic.
AYMAN أيمن m Arabic
Means "right-handed, blessed, lucky" in Arabic.
AZIZ عزيز m Arabic, 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.
BAHADUR بهادر m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur
meaning "hero, warrior, brave".
BAKR بكر m Arabic
Means "young camel" in Arabic. Abu Bakr
was a father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad
and the first caliph of the Muslim world.
BAQI باقي m Arabic
Means "eternal" in Arabic. This was the pen name of a 16th-century Turkish poet.
BAQIR باقر m Arabic
Means "to rip open" in Arabic. Muhammad al-Baqir was the fifth imam of the Shia Muslims.
BARACK باراك m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic باراك
(see BARAK (2)
). A famous bearer is former American president Barack Obama (1961-), who was named after his Kenyan father.
BASIR بصير m Arabic
Means "wise" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition البصير (al-Basir)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
BATUL بتول f Arabic
Means "virgin" in Arabic. This is an Arabic epithet of the Virgin Mary
BILAL بلال m Arabic, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad
FADI فادي m Arabic
Means "saviour" in Arabic. This is an Arabic name of Jesus
FADIL فاضل m Arabic
Means "virtuous, generous" in Arabic.
FADL فضل m Arabic
Means "grace, generosity" in Arabic. This was a name of both a cousin of Muhammad
and a son of Abbas
(the son of the fourth caliph Ali
FAHIM فهم m Arabic
Means "intelligent, scholar" in Arabic.
FAJR فجر f Arabic
Means "dawn, beginning" in Arabic.
FARAG فرج m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic فرج
). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
FARAJ فرج m Arabic
Means "remedy" or "improvement" in Arabic.
FARUQ فاروق m Arabic
Means "person who can tell right from wrong" in Arabic. This was the name of the last king of Egypt (1920-1965).
FAYRUZ فيروز f Arabic
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Arabic, ultimately of Persian origin.
FIHR فهر m Arabic
Means "stone pestle" in Arabic. This was the name of an ancestor of Muhammad
FIRDAUS فردوس m Arabic, 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'.
FURQAN فرقان m Arabic, Urdu
Means "criterion between right and wrong" or "proof" in Arabic. This is the name of the 25th chapter (surah al-Furqan) of the Quran.
GHASSAN غسّان m Arabic
Means "youth" in Arabic. This was the name of an Arabian tribe that existed until the 6th century.
GHULAM غلام m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
Means "servant, boy" in Arabic. It is often used as the first part of compound names.
HADIL هديل f Arabic
Means "cooing (of a pigeon)" in Arabic.
HAFIZ حفيظ m Arabic
Means "custodian, guardian" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الحفيظ (al-Hafiz)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
HAFSA حفصة f Arabic
Means "gathering" in Arabic. This was the name of the daughter of Umar
, the second caliph, and a wife of Muhammad
HAKEEM حكيم m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حكيم
). A famous bearer is Nigerian-born former basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon (1963-).
HALA هالة f Arabic
Means "halo around the moon" in Arabic. This was the name of a sister-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad
HALIM حليم m Arabic
Means "patient, tolerant, mild" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الحليم (al-Halim)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
HAMZA حمزة m Arabic, Turkish
Possibly derived from Arabic hamuza
meaning "strong, steadfast". This was the name of the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad
who was killed in battle.
HANNAH حنّة f English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah)
meaning "favour, grace", derived from the root חָנַן (chanan)
. In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of Elkanah
. Her rival was Elkanah's other wife Peninnah
, who had children while Hannah remained barren. After a blessing from Eli
she finally became pregnant with Samuel
HARUN هارون m Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian
Arabic form of AARON
. Harun al-Rashid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph featured in the stories of 'The 1001 Nights'.
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.