Abbas عبّاس m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad
's uncle. It was also borne by a son of Ali
, the fourth caliph.
Abdolhossein عبدالحسّین m Persian
Means "servant of al-Husayn"
from Arabic عبد ('abd)
meaning "servant" combined with حسّین (Hosseyn)
, the Persian form of Arabic Husayn
. This name refers to Husayn ibn Ali, the son of Ali.
Abdolreza عبدالرضا m Persian
Means "servant of al-Ridha"
from Arabic عبد ('abd)
meaning "servant" combined with رضا (Reza)
, the Persian form of Arabic Ridha
. This name refers to the 9th-century Shia imam Ali al-Ridha.
Adel عادل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of Adil
, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
Alborz البرز m Persian
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
Ali 1 علی 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]
Arash آرش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness"
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.
Ardashir اردشیر m Persian
From the Middle Persian form of Artakhshathra
). 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.
Arya 1 آریا m & f Persian, 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.
Asal عسل f Persian
in Persian (of Arabic origin).
Ayda آیدا f Arabic, Persian, Turkish
Means "returning, visitor"
in Arabic. In Turkey this is also associated with ay
Aziz عزیز m Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik
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.
Babak بابک m Persian, 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.
Bahman بهمن m Persian, 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.
Bahram بهرام m Persian, 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.
Baran باران f & m Persian, Turkish, Kurdish
in Persian. It is typically feminine in Persian and masculine in Turkish and Kurdish.
Behnam بهنام m Persian
(literally "good name"
) in Persian.
Behrouz بهروز m Persian
(literally "good day"
) in Persian.
Delara دلآرا f Persian
Means "adorning the heart"
, from Persian دل (del)
meaning "heart" and آرا (ara)
meaning "decorate, adorn".
Delshad دلشاد m & f Persian (Rare)
Means "happy heart, cheerful"
in Persian, from دل (del)
meaning "heart" and شاد (shad)
Esmail اسماعیل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of Ishmael
. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل
). This was the name of the founder of the Safavid Empire in Iran in the early 16th century.
Farhad فرهاد m Persian
Means "gained, earned"
in Old Persian. This was the name of several rulers of Parthia. Their names are often spelled Phraates
after the Hellenied form Φραάτης
Farid فرید m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Means "unique, precious"
, derived from Arabic فرد (farada)
meaning "to be unique". This was the name of a 13th-century Persian poet.
Fereydoun فریدون m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "the third"
in Persian. In the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
this is the name of a virtuous king who ruled for 500 years.
Firouz فیروز m Persian
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.
Firouzeh فیروزه f Persian
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)"
in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of Firouz
Gohar گوهر f & m Persian, Armenian, Urdu
From Persian گوهر (gohar)
meaning "jewel, gemstone"
. This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.
Golnar گلنار f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol)
meaning "flower, rose" and انار (anar)
Golnaz گلناز f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol)
meaning "flower, rose" and ناز (naz)
meaning "delight, comfort".
Hasan حسن m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian
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.
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.
Hayat حیات f & m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
in Arabic, from حيي (hayiya)
meaning "to live". In Arabic and Persian it is a feminine name, while in Urdu it is masculine.
Iman ایمان f & m Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
, derived from Arabic أمُنَ (amuna)
meaning "to be faithful". It is typically feminine in Arabic and typically masculine in Persian.
Isa 1 عیسی m Arabic, Persian, Albanian
Arabic form of Jesus
. This form is found in the Quran and is used as a given name by Muslims. Arabic-speaking Christians instead use يسوع (Yasu')
to refer to Jesus Christ.
Jafar جعفر m Arabic, Persian
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.
Jahan جهان m Persian
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.
Jahangir جهانگیر m Persian, Urdu
Means "world conqueror"
in Persian. This was the name of a 17th-century Mughal emperor.
Jamshid جمشید m Persian, Uzbek, 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
, where Jamshid
is a combination of his original name and an honourific.
Karim کریم 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.
Katayoun کتایون f Persian
Possibly from Old Persian kata
, modern کده (kadeh)
, meaning "house" and بانو (banu)
meaning "wife". This is the name of the wife of Goshtasb in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
Kaveh کاوه m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means "royal"
in Avestan. In Persian mythology Kaveh is a blacksmith who leads a rebellion against the evil ruler Zahhak.
Khodadad خداداد m Persian
Means "God given"
from Persian خدا (khoda)
meaning "god, lord" and داد (dad)
Khurshid خورشید m & f Persian, 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.
Khwaja خواجه m Persian
From a title meaning "master, owner"
in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.
Kian 1 کیان m Persian
Means "king, foundation, symbol of pride"
Mani 2 مانی m Persian
Meaning unknown, presumably of Persian origin. Mani was a 3rd-century prophet who founded the religion of Manichaeism (which is now extinct).
Maryam مریم f Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir, Tatar
Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir and Tatar form of Miryam
). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
Mehr مهر m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Mithra
. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship"
. It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra
meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
Mehrab مهراب m Persian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr)
, the Persian word for Mithra
, combined with Persian آب (ab)
meaning "water". This is the name of the king of Kabul in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
Mehrdad مهرداد m Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr)
meaning "sun" and داد (dad)
meaning "given". Since مهر
is also the Modern Persian form of Mithra
, this name can also function as a modern form of Mithridates
Mehrnaz مهرناز f Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr)
meaning "friendship" or "sun" and ناز (naz)
meaning "delight, comfort". This is the name of a character in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
Mirza میرزا m Persian, Arabic, Bosnian
from Persian میرزا (mirza)
, earlier امیرزاده (amirzadeh)
, which is ultimately from Arabic أمير (amir)
meaning "commander" combined with Persian زاده (zadeh)
Mitra 2 میترا f Persian
Modern variant of Mithra
used as a feminine name. The true Modern Persian form of Mithra
is in fact Mehr
Nahid ناهید f Persian
Modern Persian form of Anahita
. This is also the Persian name for the planet Venus.
Narges نرگس f Persian
Means "daffodil, narcissus flower"
in Persian, ultimately derived from Greek (see Narcissus
Nazli نازلی f Persian
Means "delicate, beautiful, coy"
Nima 2 نیما m Persian
Persian name of uncertain meaning, possibly "just, fair"
or "half moon"
Noor-Ali نورعلی m Persian
From Persian نور (nur)
meaning "light" (of Arabic origin) combined with the name Ali 1
. Though usually transcribed into Latin characters with a dash or a space, it is not written with a space in Persian.
Parvin پروین f Persian
Means "the Pleiades"
in Persian. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
Parviz پرویز m Persian
Means "fortunate, happy"
in Persian. This name was borne by a son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir
Rostam رستم m Persian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha
"to grow" and takhma
"strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi recorded his tale in the Shahnameh
Sanaz ساناز f Persian
Possibly means "full of grace"
Sara سارا f Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, German, French, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Bosnian, Biblical Greek
Form of Sarah
used in various languages.
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)
Shahin شاهین m Persian, Arabic
in Persian, referring more specifically to the Barbary falcon (species Falco pelegrinoides). The bird's name is a derivative of Persian شاه (shah)
Shahram شهرام m Persian
Means "king Ram"
in Persian. Ram (or Raman) is the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
Shahrazad شهرزاد f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city"
from the Persian elements شهر (shahr)
meaning "city" and آزاد (azad)
meaning "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.
Shahrokh شاهرخ m Persian
Means "royal face"
in Persian, from شاه (shah)
meaning "king" and رخ (rokh)
meaning "face". This was the name of a 15th-century ruler of the Timurid Empire (a son of Timur
Shapour شاپور m Persian
Means "son of the king"
in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
Shirin شیرین f Persian
in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
Siavash سیاوش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions"
in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
Sohrab سهراب m Persian, Persian Mythology
Probably from Middle Persian swhr
"red" and ab
"water". In the 10th-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.
Soroush سروش m Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Avestan Sraosha
. In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel), later equated with the angel Gabriel
Yahya یحیی m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of Yochanan
). This name honours John the Baptist, a prophet in Islam.
Yasin یاسین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish
From the Arabic letters ي
) and س
). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Quran (surah Ya Sin).