Arabic Names

Arabic names are used in the Arab world, as well as some other regions within the larger Muslim world. They are not necessarily of Arabic origin, though most in fact are. Compare also Persian names and Turkish names. See also about Arabic names.
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HASHIM هاشم m Arabic
Means "crusher, breaker" in Arabic. This was the nickname of a great-grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad. He acquired this nickname because of his practice of crumbling bread and giving it to pilgrims.
HASIB حسيب m Arabic
Means "noble, respected" in Arabic.
HASIM حاسم m Arabic
Means "decisive" in Arabic, derived from حسم (hasama) meaning "to sever, to finish, to decide".
HASNA حسناء f Arabic
Means "beauty" in Arabic.
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.
HATIM حاتم m Arabic
Means "determined, decisive" in Arabic.
HAWA حواء f Arabic
Arabic form of EVE.
HAYDER حيدر m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
HAYFA هيفاء f Arabic
Means "slender" in Arabic.
HAYTHAM هيثم m Arabic
Means "young eagle" in Arabic.
HESHAM هشام m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هشام (see HISHAM).
HIBA هبة f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
HIDAYAT هداية m Arabic, Indonesian
Means "guidance" in Arabic.
HIKMAT حكمة m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حكمة (hikmah) meaning "wisdom".
HIND هند f Arabic
Possibly means "group of camels" in Arabic. Hind bint Abi Umayyah, also known as Umm Salama, was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. This is also the Arabic name for the country of India.
HISEIN حسين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HISHAM هشام m Arabic
Means "generous" in Arabic, ultimately from hashama "to crush". The meaning derives from the traditional Arab act of crushing bread into crumbs in order to share it. This was the name of an 8th-century caliph of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain.
HOODA هدى f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOSNI حسني m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسني (see HUSNI).
HOSSAM حسام m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see HUSAM).
HOUDA هدى f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOUSSAM حسام m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see HUSAM).
HUDA هدى f Arabic
Means "right guidance" in Arabic.
HUMAIRA حميراء f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic حميراء (see HUMAYRA).
HUMAYRA حميراء f Arabic
Means "red" in Arabic. This was a name given by the Prophet Muhammad to his wife Aisha.
HUSAIN حسين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HUSAM حسام m Arabic
Means "sword" in Arabic, a derivative of the verb حسم (hasama) meaning "to sever, to finish, to decide".
HUSAYN حسين m Arabic
Diminutive of HASAN. Husayn ibn Ali (also commonly transliterated Hussein) was the son of Ali and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. His older brother was named Hasan. The massacre of Husayn and his family was a major event in the split between Shia and Sunni Muslims, which continues to this day. In more recent times this was the name of a king of Jordan (1935-1999).
HUSNA حسنى f Arabic
Means "more beautiful" in Arabic.
HUSNI حسني m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حُسْن (husn) meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
HUSNIYA حسنية f Arabic
Strictly feminine form of HUSNI.
HUSSAIN حسين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HUSSEIN حسين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HYDER حيدر m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
IBRAHEEM إبراهيم m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إبراهيم (see IBRAHIM).
IBRAHIM إبراهيم m Arabic, Malay, Indonesian, Bosnian, Dhivehi
Arabic, Malay, Indonesian, Bosnian and Dhivehi form of ABRAHAM.
IBTIHAJ إبتهاج f Arabic
Means "joy" in Arabic.
IBTISAM إبتسام f Arabic
Means "smile" in Arabic.
IDRIS (1) إدريس m Arabic
Possibly means "interpreter" in Arabic. In the Quran this is the name of an ancient prophet. He is traditionally equated with the Hebrew prophet Enoch.
IHAB إيهاب m & f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
IHSAN إحسان m & f Arabic
Means "charity" in Arabic.
IKRAAM إكرام f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إكرام (see IKRAM).
IKRAM إكرام f & m Arabic
Means "honour" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous".
ILHAM إلهام m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Uyghur
Means "inspiration" in Arabic.
ILYAS إلياس m Arabic
Arabic form of ELIJAH.
IMAD عماد m Arabic
Means "support" or "pillar" in Arabic.
IMAM إمام m Arabic
Means "leader" in Arabic.
IMAN إيمان m & f Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic امن (amuna) meaning "to be faithful".
IMEN إيمان m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إيمان (see IMAN).
IMRAM عمرام m Arabic
Variant of IMRAN.
IMRAN عمران m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Malay, Bengali
Arabic form of AMRAM. This is the name Muslims traditionally assign to the father of the Virgin Mary (analogous to the Christian Joachim).
IMTIAZ إمتياز m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic إمتياز or Urdu امتیاز (see IMTIYAZ).
IMTIYAZ إمتياز m Arabic, Urdu
Means "distinction" in Arabic.
IN'AM إنعام f Arabic
Means "giving, bestowal" in Arabic.
INAS إيناس f Arabic
Means "friendliness" in Arabic.
INAYA عناية f Arabic
Feminine form of INAYAT.
IQBAL إقبال m Arabic
Means "fortunate" in Arabic. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) was a poet, philosopher, and scholar from Pakistan.
IRFAN عرفان m Arabic
Means "knowledge, awareness, learning" in Arabic.
ISA (1) عيسى m Arabic
Arabic form of JESUS.
'ISAM عصام m Arabic
Means "security, pledge" in Arabic.
ISKANDAR إسكندر m Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
Arabic, Indonesian and Malay form of ALEXANDER.
ISLAM إسلام m Arabic, Kazakh, Chechen, Ingush
From the name of the religion, derived from Arabic إسلام (Islam) meaning "submission (to God)".
ISMA'IL إسماعيل m Arabic
Arabic form of ISHMAEL.
ISMAIL إسماعيل m Arabic, Malay, Uyghur, Albanian
Malay, Uyghur and Albanian form of ISHMAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل (see ISMA'IL).
'ISMAT عصمة m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic عصم ('Isma) meaning "safeguarding".
ISRA إسراء f Arabic
Means "nocturnal journey", derived from Arabic سرى (sara) "to travel at night".
ISRAA إسراء f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic إسراء (see ISRA).
ISSA عيسى m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عيسى (see ISA (1)).
I'TIDAL اعتدال f Arabic
Means "temperance, moderation" in Arabic.
I'TIMAD اعتماد f & m Arabic
Means "reliance" in Arabic.
IZDIHAR إزدهار f Arabic
Means "blossoming, prospering" in Arabic.
IZZ AL-DIN عزّ الدين m Arabic
Means "glory of religion", derived from Arabic عزّ ('izz) meaning "glory, power" and دين (din) meaning "religion". In the 13th century Izz al-Din Aybak became the first Mamluk ruler of Egypt. The Mamluks were a warrior caste who were originally slaves.
IZZ UD-DIN عزّ الدين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عزّ الدين (see IZZ AL-DIN).
JABBAR جبّار m Arabic
Means "powerful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الجبّار (al-Jabbar) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
JABIR جابر m Arabic
Means "comforter" in Arabic.
JABR جبر m Arabic
Means "consolation, assistance" in Arabic.
JABRIL جبريل m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جبريل (see JIBRIL).
JAFAR جعفر m Arabic, Iranian
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.
JAFFAR جعفر m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جعفر (see JAFAR).
JAFFER جعفر m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جعفر (see JAFAR).
JALAL جلال m Arabic, Persian
Means "greatness" in Arabic.
JALIL جليل m Arabic, Persian
Means "important, exalted" in Arabic.
JALILA جليلة f Arabic
Feminine form of JALIL.
JAMAAL جمال m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جمال (see JAMAL).
JAMAL جمال m Arabic
Means "beauty" in Arabic. Jamal al-Din al-Afghani was a political activist who promoted pan-Islamism in the 19th century.
JAMEEL جميل m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جميل (see JAMIL).
JAMEELA جميلة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جميلة (see JAMILA).
JAMIL جميل m Arabic
Means "beautiful" in Arabic.
JAMILA جميلة f Arabic
Feminine form of JAMIL.
JAMILLAH جميلة f Arabic
Feminine form of JAMIL.
JANAN جنان f Arabic
Means "heart" or "soul" in Arabic.
JATHBIYYA جاذبيّة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جاذبيّة (see JATHIBIYYA).
JATHIBIYYA جاذبيّة f Arabic
Means "charm, attractiveness" in Arabic.
JAWAHIR جواهر f Arabic
Means "jewels" in Arabic, ultimately from Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, essence".
JAWDAT جودت m & f Arabic
Means "goodness, excellence", derived from Arabic جاد (jada) meaning "to be excellent".
JIBRIL جبريل m Arabic
Arabic form of GABRIEL.
JINAN جنان m & f Arabic
Means "garden" or "paradise" in Arabic.
JUDA جودة m Arabic
Means "goodness, excellence", derived from Arabic جاد (jada) "to be excellent".
JUMANA جمانة f Arabic
Means "pearl" in Arabic.
JUMANAH جمانة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جمانة (see JUMANA).
JUNAID جنيد m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic جنيد (see JUNAYD).
JUNAYD جنيد m Arabic
Means "small army", derived from Arabic جند (jund) "army, soldiers".
KADER (1) قادر, قدير m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic قادر or قدير (see QADIR).
KAMAL (1) كمال m Arabic
Means "perfection" in Arabic.
KAMIL (1) كامل m Arabic
Means "perfect" in Arabic.
KARAM كرم m & f Arabic
Means "generosity, nobleness" in Arabic.
KAREEM كريم m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic كريم (see KARIM). A famous bearer of this name is basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-).
KARIM كريم 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.
KARIMA كريمة f Arabic
Feminine form of KARIM.
KHADIGA خديجة f Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Arabic خديجة (see KHADIJA). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
KHADIJA خديجة f Arabic
Means "premature child" in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's first wife and the mother of all of his children. She was a wealthy merchant and a widow when they married in the year 595. Muhammad received his first revelation 15 years after their marriage, and she was the first person to convert to Islam.
KHADIJAH خديجة f Arabic, Malay
Alternate transcription of Arabic خديجة (see KHADIJA), as well as the usual Malay form.
KHALED خالد m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic خالد (see KHALID).
KHALEEL خليل m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic خليل (see KHALIL).
KHALID خالد m Arabic
Means "eternal", derived from Arabic خلد (khalada) meaning "to last forever". This name was borne by a 7th-century Islamic military leader, Khalid ibn al-Walid.
KHALIDA خالدة f Arabic
Feminine form of KHALID.
KHALIFA خليفة m Arabic
Means "successor, caliph" in Arabic. The title caliph was given to the successors of the Prophet Muhammad, originally elected by the Islamic populace.
KHALIL خليل m Arabic
Means "friend" in Arabic.
KHALILAH خليلة f Arabic
Feminine form of KHALIL.
KHALIQ خليق m Arabic
Means "creator" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الخليق (al-Khaliq) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
KHAYRAT خيرات m & f Arabic
Means "good deeds" in Arabic, plural of خيرة (khayrah).
KHAYRI خيريّ m Arabic
Means "charitable" in Arabic.
KHAYRIYYA خيريّة f Arabic
Feminine form of KHAYRI.
KHAYYAM خيّام m Arabic
Means "tent maker" in Arabic. This was the surname of the 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam.
KUBRA كبرى f Arabic
Feminine form of AKBAR.
LAILA (1) ليلى f Arabic, Urdu, English
Variant of LAYLA.
LAMIA (1) لامعة f Arabic
Means "shining, radiant" in Arabic.
LAMIS لميس f Arabic
Means "soft" in Arabic.
LAMYA لمياء f Arabic
Means "having beautiful dark lips" in Arabic.
LATEEFAH لطيفة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic لطيفة (see LATIFA).
LATIF لطيف m Arabic
Means "gentle, kind" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
LATIFA لطيفة f Arabic
Feminine form of LATIF.
LATIFAH لطيفة f Arabic
Feminine form of LATIF.
LAWAHIZ لَواحظ f Arabic (Rare)
Means "glances" in Arabic.
LAYLA ليلى f Arabic, English
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.
LEILA ليلى f Arabic, 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.
LINA (1) لينا f Arabic
Means either "palm tree" or "tender" in Arabic.
LUBNA لبنى f Arabic
Means "storax tree" in Arabic. According to a 7th-century legend Lubna and Qays were a couple forced to divorce by Qays's father.
LUJAYN لجين f Arabic
Means "silver" in Arabic.
LULU (2) لؤلؤ f Arabic
Means "pearl" in Arabic.
LUTFI لطفيّ m Arabic, Indonesian
Means "kind, gentle" in Arabic.
MAALIK مالك m Arabic
Means "owner, possessor, master" in Arabic.
MAGDI (2) مجدي m Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Arabic مجدي (see MAJDI). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
MAGDY مجدي m Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Arabic مجدي (see MAJDI). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
MAHA مهاة f Arabic
Means "oryx" in Arabic. The oryx is a variety of antelope that is said to represent beauty.
MAHDI مهدي m Arabic, Persian
Means "guided one" in Arabic.
MAHFUZ محفوظ m Arabic
Means "safeguarded" in Arabic.
MAHIR ماهر m Arabic
Means "skilled" in Arabic.
MAHMOOD محمود m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمود (see MAHMUD).
MAHMOUD محمود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian محمود (see MAHMUD).
MAHMUD محمود m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, 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.
MAHOMET m Arabic (Anglicized)
Archaic transcription of MUHAMMAD, based on the usual Latin spelling Mahometus.
MAJDI مجدي m Arabic
Means "glorious, praiseworthy" in Arabic, from the root مَجَدَ (majada) meaning "to be glorious".
MAJID مجيد m Arabic
Means "glorious" in Arabic, from the root مَجَدَ (majada) meaning "to be glorious".
MAKRAM مكرم m Arabic
Means "noble trait" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous".
MALAIKA ملائكة f Arabic
Means "angels" from the plural of Arabic ملك (malak).
MALAK ملك f & m Arabic
Means "angel" in Arabic.
MALIK (1) ملك m Arabic
Means "king" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الملك (al-Malik) is one of the 99 names of Allah. This can also be another way of transcribing the name مالك (see MAALIK).
MALIKA ملكة f Arabic
Means "queen" in Arabic, the feminine form of MALIK (1).
MAMOUN مأمون m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مأمون (see MAMUN).
MAMUN مأمون m Arabic, Bengali
Means "trustworthy" in Arabic.
MANSOOR منصور m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منصور (see MANSUR).
MANSUR منصور m Arabic, Turkish, Indonesian
Means "victorious" in Arabic. Abu Jafar al-Mansur was an 8th-century Abbasid caliph and the founder of the city of Baghdad.
MAQSOOD مقصود m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu مقصود (see MAQSUD).
MAQSUD مقصود m Arabic, Urdu
Means "intention, aim" in Arabic.
MARAM مرام f & m Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MARIAM مريم f Biblical Greek, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic
Form of MARIA used in the Greek Old Testament, as well as the Georgian and Armenian form. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic مريم (see MARYAM).
MARUF معروف m Arabic, Bengali
Means "favour, kindness" in Arabic.
MARWA مروة f Arabic
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is one of the names of a sacred hill near Mecca.
MARYAM مريم 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).
MASOUD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MAS'UD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MASUMA معصومة f Arabic
Means "innocent" in Arabic. After her death, this name was applied to Fatima, a daughter of the 9th-century Shia imam Musa al-Kadhim.
MAZIN مازن m Arabic
Means "rain clouds" in Arabic.
MEDHAT مدحت m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مدحت (see MIDHAT).
MIDHA مدحة f Arabic
Means "praise, eulogy" in Arabic.
MIDHAT مدحت m Arabic
Means "praise, eulogy" in Arabic.
MIHAMMAD محمّد m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see MUHAMMAD).
MIKHA'IL ميخائيل m Arabic
Arabic form of MICHAEL.
MIRAJ معراج m Arabic
Means "place of ascent" in Arabic.
MIRZA ميرزا 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".
MIS'ID مسعد m Arabic
Variant of MUS'AD.
MOHAMED محمّد m Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghrebi), Dhivehi
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see MUHAMMAD), as well as the Dhivehi form of MUHAMMAD chiefly used in Egypt and Algeria. This is also the usual Dhivehi transcription.
MOHAMMAD محمّد m Persian, Tatar, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali
Persian and Tatar form of MUHAMMAD, as well as an alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu/Shahmukhi/Pashto محمّد or Bengali মুহাম্মদ (see MUHAMMAD).
MOHAMMED محمّد m Arabic, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد or Bengali মুহাম্মদ (see MUHAMMAD).
MONA (3) منى f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see MUNA).
MOSTAFA مصطفى m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مصطفى (see MUSTAFA).
MOUNA منى f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see MUNA).
MUBIN مبين m Arabic
Means "clear, distinct" in Arabic.
MUBINA مبينة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUBIN.
MUFADDAL مفضّل m Arabic
Means "preferred" in Arabic.
MUHAMMAD محمّد m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, 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 Muslim 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]
MUHAMMED محمّد m Turkish, Arabic
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
MUHSIN محسن m Arabic
Means "beneficent" in Arabic.
MUHSINA محسنة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUHSIN.
MUKHTAR مختار m Arabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
MUMIN مؤمن m Arabic
Means "believer" in Arabic.
MUMINA مؤمنة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUMIN.
MUMTAZ ممتاز m Arabic
Means "distinguished" in Arabic.
MUNA منى f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).
MUNIR منير m Arabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.
MUNIRA منيرة f Arabic
Feminine form of MUNIR.
MUNYA منية f Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MURAD مراد m Arabic, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Avar
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic. This name was borne by several Ottoman sultans.
MURTADA مرتضى m Arabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic. This is an epithet of Ali, the fourth caliph.
MURTAZA مرتضى m Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of MURTADA, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
MUSA موسى m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
MUS'AD مسعد m Arabic
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MUSTAFA مصطفى m Arabic, Turkish
Means "the chosen one" in Arabic, an epithet of Muhammad. This was the name of four Ottoman sultans. Another famous bearer was Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), also known as Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
MUSTAPHA مصطفى m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مصطفى (see MUSTAFA).
MU'TAMID معتمد m Arabic
Means "relying on, leaning on" in Arabic. Al-Mu'tamid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph. This was also the name of an 11th-century Abbadid ruler of Seville, who was a patron of the arts and a poet.
MU'TASIM معتصم m Arabic
Means "taking refuge in" in Arabic.
NAAJI ناجي m Arabic
Means "saved" in Arabic.
NABIL نبيل m Arabic
Means "noble" in Arabic.
NABILA نبيلة f Arabic
Feminine form of NABIL.
NADA (1) ندى f Arabic
Means either "generosity" or "dew" in Arabic.
NADEEM نديم m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديم or Urdu ندیم (see NADIM).
NADER نادر m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نادر (see NADIR).
NADIA (2) نديّة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديّة (see NADIYYA).
NADIM نديم m Arabic, Urdu
Means "drinking companion", derived from Arabic ندم (nadima) meaning "to drink together".
NADIR نادر m Arabic
Means "rare" in Arabic.
NADIRA نادرة f Arabic
Feminine form of NADIR.
NADIYYA نديّة f Arabic
Means "moist, tender, delicate" in Arabic.
NADRA نضرة f Arabic
Means "radiance" in Arabic.
NADYA (2) نديّة f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديّة (see NADIYYA).
NAFISA نفيسة f Arabic
From Arabic نفيس (nafis) meaning "precious, valuable".
NAGI نجيّ m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نجيّ (see NAJI).
NAGIB نجيب m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نجيب (see NAJIB).
NAIL نائل m Arabic, Tatar
Means "attainer" in Arabic.
NAILA نائلة f Arabic
Feminine form of NAIL. This was the name of the wife of Uthman, the third caliph of the Muslims. She tried in vain to prevent a mob from murdering her husband, and had several fingers cut off in the process.
NA'IM نعيم m Arabic
Means "tranquil, happy, at ease" in Arabic.
NA'IMA نعيمة f Arabic
Feminine form of NA'IM.
NAJI نجيّ m Arabic
Means "intimate friend" in Arabic. This can also be another way of transcribing the name ناجي (see NAAJI).
NAJIB نجيب m Arabic
Means "noble" or "intelligent" in Arabic.
NAJM نجم m Arabic
Means "star" in Arabic.
NAJMA نجمة f Arabic
Feminine form of NAJM.
NAJWA نجوى f Arabic
Means "secret, whisper" in Arabic.
NAQI نقي m Arabic
Means "pure, clean" in Arabic.
NASEEM نسيم m & f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم or Urdu نسیم (see NASIM).
NASEER ناصر, نصير m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ناصر or نصير (see NASIR).
NASHWA نشوى f Arabic
Means "ecstasy, elation" in Arabic.
NASIB نسيب m Arabic
Means "noble" in Arabic.
NASIM نسيم m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NASIR ناصر, نصير m Arabic
Means "helper" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different Arabic names.
NASIRA ناصرة, نصيرة f Arabic
Feminine form of NASIR.
NASSER ناصر, نصير m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ناصر or نصير (see NASIR).
NASSIM نسيم m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم (see NASIM).
NAVEED نويد m Persian, Arabic
Alternate transcription of Persian نوید or Arabic نويد (see NAVID).
NAVID نويد m Persian, Arabic
Means "good news" in Persian.
NAWAL نوال f Arabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
NAWRA نورة f Arabic
Means "flower, blossom" in Arabic.
NAZIH نزيه m Arabic
Means "honest, virtuous" in Arabic.
NAZIHA نزيهة f Arabic
Feminine form of NAZIH.
NAZIM ناظم m Arabic
Means "organizer" in Arabic.
NIDA نداع f Arabic, Urdu
Means "call, proclaim" in Arabic.
NIHAL (1) نهال f Arabic
Means "drink" in Arabic.
NIMA (1) نعمة f & m Arabic
Means "blessing" in Arabic.
NIMAT نعمات f & m Arabic
Means "blessings" in Arabic, a plural form of NIMA (1).
NISHAT نشاط m & f Arabic, Bengali
Means "energetic, lively" in Arabic.
NIZAR نزار m Arabic
Perhaps from Arabic نزير (nazir) meaning "little".
NOOR (1) نور f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see NUR).
NOORA (2) نورة, نورا f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NORA (2) نورة, نورا f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NORAH (2) نورة, نورا f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NOUR نور f & m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see NUR).
NOURA نورة, نورا f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نورة or نورا (see NURA).
NOUREDDINE نور الدين m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور الدين (see NUR AD-DIN) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
NUH نوح m Arabic, Turkish
Arabic and Turkish form of NOAH (1).
NUHA (1) نهى f Arabic
Means "mind, wisdom" in Arabic.
NUR نور f & m Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Indonesian, Malay
Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
NURA نورة, نورا f Arabic
Strictly feminine form of NUR.
NUR AD-DIN نور الدين m Arabic
Means "light of religion", from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" combined with دين (din) "religion, faith".
NURI نوري m Arabic
Means "my light" in Arabic.
NURUDDIN نور الدين m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic نور الدين (see NUR AD-DIN).
NURUL نور ال m & f Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with نور ال (Nur al) meaning "light of the" (such as نور الدين (Nur al-Din) "light of religion").
NURULLAH نور الله m Arabic, Turkish
Means "light of ALLAH", from Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light" combined with الله (Allah).
OMAR (1) عمر m Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian
Alternate transcription of Arabic عمر (see UMAR). This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name. In his honour it has sometimes been used in the English-speaking world, notably for the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
OMRAN عمران m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عمران (see UMRAN).
OSAMA أسامة m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أسامة (see USAMA).
QADIR قادر, قدير m Arabic
Means "capable, powerful" in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition القادر (al-Qadir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
QAMAR قمر m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
QASIM قاسم m Arabic, Urdu
Means "one who divides goods among his people", derived from Arabic قسم (qasama) "to share" or "to divide". This was the name of a son of Muhammad who died while young.
QISMAT قسمة m Arabic
Means "fate" in Arabic.
QUSAY قصي m Arabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi) meaning "distant". This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
RAABI'A رابعة f Arabic
Means "fourth" in Arabic. This name was borne by an 8th-century Sufi mystic from Basra in Iraq.
RABAB رباب f Arabic
Variant of RUBAB.
RABI (1) ربيع m Arabic
Means "springtime" in Arabic.
RABI'A ربيعة f Arabic
Feminine form of RABI (1). This can also be another way of transcribing the name رابعة (see RAABI'A).
RA'D رعد m Arabic
Means "thunder" in Arabic. This is the name of the 13th chapter of the Quran (surah ar-Rad).
RAFIQ رفيق m Arabic, Urdu
Means either "friend" or "gentle" in Arabic.
RAFIQA رفيقة f Arabic
Feminine form of RAFIQ.
RAHAT راحة m & f Arabic
Means "rest, comfort" in Arabic.
RAHEEM رحيم m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic رحيم (see RAHIM).
RAHIM رحيم m Arabic
Means "kind, compassionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحيم (al-Rahim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAHMAN رحمٰن m Arabic, Persian, Indonesian, Malay, Bengali
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمٰن (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
RAIS رئيس m Arabic
Means "leader, chief" in Arabic.
RAISA (3) رئيسة f Arabic
Feminine form of RAIS.