Persian Names

Persian names 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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'ABBAS عبّاس m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian عبّاس (see ABBAS).
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.
ABDOLLAH عبدالله m Persian
Persian form of ABD ALLAH.
ABOLFAZL ابولفضل m Persian
Persian form of ABU AL-FADL.
ADEL عادل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ADIL, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
AGHIL عقیل m Persian
Persian form of AQIL.
AHMAD احمد m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "more commendable" in Arabic.
AKBAR اکبر 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.
ALBORZ البرز m Persian
From the name of a mountain range (of unknown etymology) in northern Iran.
ALI (1) علی m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar, Kazakh
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]
AMIN امین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from Arabic امين (amin) meaning "truthful". This was the name of the sixth Abbasid caliph.
AMIR (1) امیر m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
Means "commander, prince" in Arabic. This was originally a title, which has come into English as the Arabic loanword emir.
ANAHITA آناهیتا f Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.
ARASH آرش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" 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.
ARASTOO ارسطو m Persian
Persian form of ARISTOTLE.
ARDASHIR اردشیر m Persian
From the Middle Persian form of Artakhshathra (see ARTAXERXES). 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.
ARDESHIR اردشیر m Persian
Modern transcription of ARDASHIR.
AREF عارف m Persian
Persian form of ARIF.
AREZOO آرزو f Persian
Means "desire" in Persian.
AREZOU آرزو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOO).
AREZU آرزو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آرزو (see AREZOO).
ARIA (2) آریا m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian آریا (see ARYA).
ARMAN (1) آرمان m Persian, Kazakh
Means "wish, hope" in Persian.
ARYA 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.
ATEFEH عاطفه f Persian
Persian form of ATIFA.
AVA (2) آوا f Persian
Means "voice, sound" in Persian.
AZAD آزاد m Persian, Indian, Hindi, Azerbaijani, Turkish
Means "free" in Persian. This word has derivatives in several other languages, such as Hindi, Turkish and Armenian.
AZAR آذر f & m Persian
Means "fire" in Persian.
AZIZ عزیز 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.
AZRA عذرا f Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Urdu
Means "virgin" in Arabic.
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.
BAHADUR بهادر m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of the Turkic word bagatur meaning "hero, warrior, brave".
BAHAR بهار f Persian, Turkish
Means "spring" in Persian and Turkish.
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.
BANU بانو f Persian, Turkish
Means "lady" in Persian.
BARAZ بارز m Persian
Means "exalted" in Persian.
BEHNAM بهنام m Persian
Means "reputable" (literally "good name") in Persian.
BEHROOZ بهروز m Persian
Means "fortunate" (literally "good day") in Persian.
BEHROUZ بهروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROOZ).
BEHRUZ بهروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian بهروز (see BEHROOZ).
DANA (4) دانا m & f Persian, Arabic
Means "wise" in Persian.
DANYAL دانیال m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish
Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish form of DANIEL.
DARA (3) دارا m Persian
Means "wealthy" in Persian.
DARIUSH داریوش m Persian
Modern Persian form of Dārayavahush (see DARIUS).
DARYA (2) دریا f Persian
Means "sea, ocean" in Persian.
DARYUSH داریوش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian داریوش (see DARIUSH).
DAVUD داود m Persian
Persian form of DAVID.
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
Alternate transcription of Persian دلشاد (see DILSHAD).
DILSHAD دلشاد m & f Persian
Means "happy heart, cheerful" in Persian.
EBRAHIM ابراهیم m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ABRAHAM. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إبراهيم (see IBRAHIM).
EHSAN احسان m & f Persian
Persian form of IHSAN.
ELAHEH الهه f Persian
Means "goddess" in Persian.
ELHAM الهام f Persian
Persian form of ILHAM.
ERFAN عرفان m Persian
Persian form of IRFAN.
ESKANDAR اسکندر m Persian
Persian form of ALEXANDER.
ESMAIL اسماعیل m Persian, Arabic
Persian form of ISHMAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic إسماعيل (see ISMA'IL).
FAIRUZA فیروزه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروزه (see FIRUZEH).
FARID فرید m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Azerbaijani
Means "unique, precious", derived from Arabic فرد (farada) meaning "to be unique". This was the name of a 13th-century Persian poet.
FARIDOON فریدون m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فریدون (see FEREYDOUN).
FARROKH فرّخ m Persian
Persian form of FARUQ.
FATEMAH فاطمه f Persian
Persian form of FATIMAH.
FERESHTEH فرشته f Persian
Means "angel" in Persian.
FEREYDOON فریدون m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فریدون (see FEREYDOUN).
FEREYDOUN فریدون m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "the third" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of a virtuous king who ruled for 500 years.
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'.
FIROOZEH فیروزه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروزه (see FIRUZEH).
FIROUZ فیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروز (see FIRUZ).
FIROUZEH فیروزه f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروزه (see FIRUZEH).
FIROZ فیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian فیروز (see FIRUZ).
FIRUZ فیروز m Persian, Tajik
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.
FIRUZEH فیروزه f Persian
Means "turquoise (the gemstone)" in Persian. Alternatively, it may be a feminine form of FIRUZ.
GHOLAM غلام m Persian
Persian form of GHULAM.
GHONCHEH غنچه f Persian
Means "flower bud" in Persian.
GOL گل f Persian
Means "flower, rose" in Persian.
GOLBAHAR گلبهار f Persian
Means "spring rose" in Persian.
GOLNAR گلنار f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol) "flower, rose" and انار (anar) "pomegranate".
GOLNAZ گلناز f Persian
Derived from Persian گل (gol) "flower, rose" and ناز (naz) "pride".
GOLSHAN گلشن f & m Persian
Means "rose garden" in Persian.
GOLZAR گلزار m & f Persian
Means "rose cheeked" in Persian.
HADI هادی m Arabic, Persian
Means "leader, guide" in Arabic.
HAMED حامد m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian حامد (see HAMID (2)).
HAMID (1) حمید m Arabic, Persian
Means "praiseworthy, praised" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الحميد (al-Hamid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
HAMID (2) حامد m Arabic, Persian
Means "praiser" in Arabic.
HAMIDE حمیده f Persian
Persian feminine form of HAMID (1).
HASAN حسن m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian
Means "handsome", derived from Arabic حسن (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.
HASHEM هاشم m Persian
Persian form of HASHIM.
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.
HEYDAR حیدر m Persian
Persian form of HAIDAR.
HOSSEIN حسّین m Persian
Persian form of HUSAYN.
IMAN ایمان m & f Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
Means "faith", derived from Arabic امن (amuna) meaning "to be faithful".
JAHAN جهان m Persian
Means "world" 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.
JALAL جلال m Arabic, Persian
Means "greatness" in Arabic.
JALEH ژاله f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ژاله (see ZHALEH).
JALIL جلیل m Arabic, Persian
Means "important, exalted" in Arabic.
JAMSHED جمشید m Persian, Tajik, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian جمشید (see JAMSHID), as well as the regular Tajik form.
JAMSHEED جمشید m Persian, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian جمشید (see JAMSHID).
JAMSHID جمشید m Persian, 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 or Jam, where Jamshid is a combination of his original name and an honourific.
JAVED جاود m Persian, Urdu
Means "eternal" in Persian.
KAMBIZ کامبیز m Persian
Modern Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KARIM کریم m Arabic, Persian
Means "generous, noble" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الكريم (al-Karim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
KATAYUN کتایون f Persian
Possibly from the Persian elements kata "house, city" (but also "king, lord") and bânu "wife".
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.
KHADIJEH خدیجه f Persian
Persian form of KHADIJA.
KHODADAD خداداد m Persian
Means "God given" from Persian خدا (khoda) "god, lord" and داد (dad) "gave".
KHORSHID خورشید m & f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian خورشید (see KHURSHID).
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" in Persian.
KIANOUSH کیانوش m Persian
Derived from Persian kian "royal".
KOUROSH کورش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian کورش (see KUROSH).
KUROSH کورش m Persian
Persian form of CYRUS.
LALEH لاله f Persian
Means "tulip" in Persian.
LEILA لیلا 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.
MAHDI مهدی m Arabic, Persian
Means "guided one" in Arabic.
MAHIN مهین f Persian
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
MAHINE مهین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مهین (see MAHIN).
MAHMOUD محمود m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian محمود (see MAHMUD).
MAHMUD محمود m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay
Means "praiseworthy" 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.
MAHSA مهسا f Persian
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
MAHTAB مهتاب f Persian
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
MAHVASH مهوش f Persian
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
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
Arabic, Persian and Urdu 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).
MASOUMEH معصومه f Persian
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASSOUD مسعود m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MAS'UD مسعود m Arabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MEHDI مهدی m Persian
Persian form of MAHDI.
MEHR مهر m Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA.
MEHRAB مهراب m Persian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) "water". This is the name of a character in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
MEHRDAD مهرداد m Persian
Modern Persian form of MITHRIDATES.
MINOO مینو f Persian
Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.
MINU مینو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مینو (see MINOO).
MIRZA میرزا 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".
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.
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).
MOJDEH مژده f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژده (see MOZHDEH).
MOJGAN مژگان f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژگان (see MOZHGAN).
MORTEZA مرتضی m Persian
Persian form of MURTADA.
MORVARID مروارید f Persian
Means "pearl" in Persian.
MOZHDEH مژده f Persian
Means "good news" in Persian.
MOZHGAN مژگان f Persian
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
MUSA موسى m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
NAHEED ناهید f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ناهید (see NAHID).
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).
NASRIN نسرین f Persian, Bengali
Means "wild rose" in Persian.
NAVEED نوید m Persian, Arabic
Alternate transcription of Persian نوید or Arabic نويد (see NAVID).
NAVID نوید m Persian, Arabic
Means "good news" in Persian.
NAZLI نازلی f Persian
Means "delicate, beautiful, coy" in Persian.
NEDA (2) ندا f Persian
Persian form of NIDA.
NILOOFAR نیلوفر f Persian
Means "water lily" in Persian.
NILOUFAR نیلوفر f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian نیلوفر (see NILOOFAR).
NIMA (2) نیما m Persian
Possibly means "just, fair" in Persian.
NIUSHA نیوشا f Persian
Means "good listener" in Persian.
NOUSHA نوشا f Persian
Means "sweet, pleasant" in Persian.
OMID امید m & f Persian
Means "hope" in Persian.
PANIZ پانیذ f Persian
Possibly means "sugar" in Persian.
PARASTOO پرستو f Persian
Means "swallow (bird)" in Persian.
PARASTU پرستو f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرستو (see PARASTOO).
PARI پری f Persian
Means "fairy" in Persian.
PARISA پریسا f Persian
Means "like a fairy" in Persian.
PARVAIZ پرویز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرویز (see PARVIZ).
PARVANA پروانه f Azerbaijani, Persian
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani PƏRVANƏ or Persian پروانه (see PARVANEH).
PARVANEH پروانه f Persian
Means "butterfly" in Persian.
PARVIN پروین f Persian, Azerbaijani
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.
PARWIZ پرویز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پرویز (see PARVIZ).
PAYAM پیام m Persian
Means "message" in Persian.
PEDRAM پدرام m Persian
Means "happy, successful" in Persian.
PIROOZ پیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIRUZ).
PIROUZ پیروز m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian پیروز (see PIRUZ).
PIRUZ پیروز m Persian
Variant of FIRUZ.
RAHMAN رحمان m Arabic, Persian, Indonesian, Malay
Means "merciful" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الرحمان (al-Rahman) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
REZA رضا m Persian
Persian form of RIDHA.
ROGHAYEH رقیه f Persian
Persian form of RUQAYYAH.
ROSHAN روشن m & f Persian, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "light, bright" in Persian.
ROSHANAK روشنک f Persian, Ancient Persian
Original Persian form of ROXANA.
ROSHANARA f Persian (Archaic)
Possibly means "light of the assembly" in Persian. This was the name of a daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
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 11th-century Persian poet Firdausi recorded his tale in the 'Shahnameh'.
SAAM سام m Persian, Persian Mythology
Alternate transcription of Persian سام (see SAM (2)).
SADEGH صادق m Persian
Persian form of SADIQ.
SADEQ صادق m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian صادق (see SADEGH).
SAHAR سحر f Arabic, Persian
Means "dawn" in Arabic.
SAKINEH سکینه f Persian
Persian form of SAKINA.
SAM (2) سام m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "dark" in Avestan. This is the name of a hero in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SAMIRA (1) سمیرا f Arabic, Persian
Feminine form of SAMIR (1).
SANAZ ساناز f Persian
Possibly means "full of grace" in Persian.
SARDAR سردار m Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian sar "head, authority" and dar "possessor".
SETARE ستاره f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian ستاره (see SETAREH).
SETAREH ستاره f Persian
Means "star" in Persian.
SEYED سید m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SEYYED سیّد m Persian
Persian form of SAYYID.
SHABNAM شبنم f Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHADI (2) شادی f Persian
Means "happiness" in Persian.
SHAHEEN شاهین m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شاهین (see SHAHIN).
SHAHIN شاهین m Persian
Means "peregrine falcon" in Persian.
SHAHNAZ شهناز f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHRAZAD شهرزاد f Persian (Rare), Arabic
Means "free city" from the Persian elements شهر (shahr) "city" and آزاد (azad) "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.
SHAHRIAR شهریار m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهریار (see SHAHRIYAR).
SHAHRIYAR شهریار m Persian
Means "lord" in Persian.
SHAHROKH شاهرخ m Persian
Means "royal face" in Persian.
SHAHRZAD شهرزاد f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهرزاد (see SHAHRAZAD).
SHAHZAD شهزاد m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
SHAPUR شاپور m Persian
Means "son of the king" in Persian. This was the name of three Sassanid emperors.
SHARIF شریف m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
SHEREEN شیرین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see SHIRIN).
SHIDEH شیده f Persian
Means "bright" in Persian.
SHIR (2) شیر m Persian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SHIREEN شیرین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شیرین (see SHIRIN).
SHIRIN شیرین f Persian
Means "sweet" in Persian. This was the name of a character in Persian and Turkish legend.
SHIVA (2) شیوا f Persian
Means "charming, eloquent" in Persian.
SHOHRE شهره f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian شهره (see SHOHREH).
SHOHREH شهره f Persian
Means "famous" in Persian.
SHOKUFEH شکوفه f Persian
Means "blossom" in Persian.
SIAVASH سیاوش m Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions" in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SIAVUSH سیاوش m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian سیاوش (see SIAVASH).
SIMA (1) سیما f Persian
Means "face, visage" in Persian.
SIMIN سیمین f Persian
Means "silvery" in Persian.
SOHEIL سهیل m Persian
Persian form of SUHAIL.
SOHEILA سهیلا f Persian
Persian feminine form of SUHAIL.
SOHRAB سهراب m Persian, Persian Mythology
Probably from Middle Persian swhr "red" and ab "water". In the 11th-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.
SOMAYEH سمیه f Persian
Persian form of SUMAYYA.
SORAYA ثریا f Persian, Spanish, French
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya, wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
SOROUSH سروش m Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Avestan Sraosha meaning "obedience". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel), later equated with the angel Gabriel.
VAHID وحید m Persian
Persian form of WAHID.
VIDA (3) ویدا f Persian
Means "visible" in Persian.
YAHYA یحیى m Arabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of Yochanan (see JOHN). This name honours John the Baptist, a prophet in Islam.
YASAMIN یاسمین f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian یاسمین (see YASMIN).
YASER یاسر m Persian, Turkish, Arabic
Persian and Turkish form of YASIR, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
YASIN یاسین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the Arabic letters ي (called ya) and س (called sin). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Qur'an (surah Ya Sin).
YASMEEN یاسمین f Persian, Arabic
Alternate transcription of Persian یاسمین or Arabic ياسمين (see YASMIN).
YASMIN یاسمین f Persian, Arabic, English (Modern)
From Persian یاسمن (yasamen) meaning "jasmine". In modern times it has been used in the English-speaking world, as a variant of JASMINE.
YASMINE یاسمین f Persian, Arabic, English (Modern)
Alternate transcription of Persian/Arabic یاسمین (see YASMIN).
YASSER یاسر m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic ياسر (see YASIR) or Persian یاسر (see YASER).
YOUSEF یوسف m Persian, Arabic
Variant Arabic transcription of YUSUF, as well as a Persian transcription.
YUSEF یوسف m Persian, Arabic
Variant Arabic transcription of YUSUF, as well as a Persian transcription.
ZAHIR ظهیر m Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from Arabic ظهير (zahir) meaning "helper, supporter". This can also be an alternate transcription of Arabic زاهر (see ZAAHIR (1)) or ظاهر (see ZAAHIR (2)).
ZAHRA زهرا f Arabic, Persian
Means "brilliant, bright" in Arabic. This is an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.
ZAREEN زرین f Persian
Means "golden" in Persian.
ZARTOSHT زرتشت m Persian
Modern Persian form of ZARATHUSTRA.
ZEINAB زینب f Persian
Persian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEYNAB زینب f Persian, Azerbaijani
Alternate transcription of Persian زینب (see ZEINAB) or Azerbaijani ZEYNƏB.
ZHALEH ژاله f Persian
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
ZHUBIN ژوبین m Persian
Means "spear" in Persian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
ZIAEDDIN ضیاءالدین m Persian
Persian form of ZIYA AL-DIN.
ZIBA (1) زیبا f Persian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
ZINAT زینت f Arabic, Persian
Means "ornament" in Arabic.
ZUBIN زوبین m Persian
Variant of ZHUBIN.