Urdu Names

Urdu names are used in Pakistan and India.
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AAMIR (1) عامر m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic عامر (see 'AAMIR), as well as the usual Urdu transcription.
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.
ABDUL عبدال m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay
First part of compound Arabic names beginning with عبد ال ('Abd al) meaning "servant of the" (such as عبد العزيز ('Abd al-'Aziz) "servant of the powerful").
ADIL عادل m Arabic, Urdu, Uyghur
Means "fair, honest, just" from Arabic عدل ('adala) "to act justly". This name was borne by several sultans of Bijapur.
ADNAN عدنان m Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Urdu
Means "settler" in Arabic. According to tradition, Adnan was an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad and the northern Arabian tribes.
AHMAD احمد m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "more commendable" in Arabic.
AHMED احمد m Turkish, Bosnian, Dhivehi, Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
Turkish, Bosnian and Dhivehi form of AHMAD. This was the name of three Ottoman sultans.
AISHA عائشہ 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 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.
ALI (1) علی 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]
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.
ARIF عارف m Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Means "learned, knowing, expert" in Arabic.
ASAD اسد m Arabic, Urdu
Means "lion" in Arabic.
AYAZ ایاز m Turkish, Azerbaijani, Urdu
From Turkish and Azerbaijani ayaz meaning "frost" or "dry and cold air". This was the name of a slave and later companion of the 11th-century sultan Mahmud of Ghazni.
AYESHA عائشہ f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic عائشة or Urdu عائشہ (see AISHA).
AZHAR اظہر m Arabic, Urdu
Means "shining, bright" in Arabic.
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.
BABAR بابر m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see BABUR).
BABER بابر m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu بابر (see BABUR).
BABUR بابر m Urdu
From a Persian word meaning "tiger". This was the nickname of Zahir ud-Din Muhammad, the 16th-century founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
BILAL بلال m Arabic, Urdu
Means "wetting, moistening" in Arabic. This was the name of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
DANYAL دانیال m Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish
Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish form of DANIEL.
FAHMIDA فہمیدہ f Urdu
Urdu feminine form of FAHIM.
FAREED فرید m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic فريد or Urdu فرید (see FARID).
FAREEHA فریحہ f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic فريحة or فرحة or Urdu فریحہ (see FARIHA).
FARHAN فرحان m Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Means "happy, cheerful" in Arabic.
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.
FARIHA فریحہ f Arabic, Urdu
Means "happy" in Arabic.
FARRUKH فرّخ m Urdu, Uzbek, Tajik
Urdu, Uzbek and Tajik form of FARROKH.
FEROZ فیروز m Urdu
Urdu form of FIRUZ.
FEROZE فیروز m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu فیروز (see FEROZ).
GAUHAR گوہر f Urdu, Kazakh
From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone".
GHULAM غلام m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
Means "servant, boy" in Arabic. It is often used as the first part of compound names.
GUL گُل m & f Urdu, Pashto
Means "flower, rose" in Urdu and Pashto, ultimately from Persian.
GULBADAN گُلبدن f Urdu (Rare)
Means "having a body like a rose" in Persian. This was the name of a daughter of the Mughal emperor Babur.
GULBAHAR گُلباحار f & m Urdu
Urdu form of GOLBAHAR.
GULNAZ گُلناز f Kazakh, Georgian, Urdu
Kazakh, Georgian and Urdu form of GOLNAZ.
GULRUKH گُلرخ f Urdu
Means "rose faced" in Persian. This was the name of a wife of the Mughal emperor Babur.
GULSHAN گُلشن m Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Hindi and Urdu form of GOLSHAN.
GULZAR گُلزار m & f Urdu
Urdu form of GOLZAR.
HARIS (1) حارث m Bosnian, Urdu, Arabic
Bosnian and Urdu form of HARITH, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
HAROON ہارون m Urdu
Urdu form of HARUN.
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.
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.
HIRA ہیرا f & m Urdu, Nepali, Punjabi, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit हीर (hira) meaning "diamond". It is typically feminine in Pakistan and unisex in India and Nepal.
HUMAIRA حمیرا f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic حميراء (see HUMAYRA).
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 امتیاز m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic إمتياز or Urdu امتیاز (see IMTIYAZ).
IMTIYAZ امتیاز m Arabic, Urdu
Means "distinction" in Arabic.
INAYAT عنایت m Urdu
From Arabic عناية ('inayah) meaning "care, concern".
JAHANGIR جہانگیر m Persian, Urdu
Means "world conqueror" in Persian. This was the name of a 17th-century Mughal emperor.
JAVAID جاوید m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu جاوید (see JAVED).
JAVED جاوید m Persian, Urdu
Means "eternal" in 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.
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.
KIRAN کرن f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Nepali, Urdu
Derived from Sanskrit किरण (kirana) which can mean "dust" or "thread" or "sunbeam".
LAILA (1) لیلیٰ f Arabic, Urdu, English
Variant of LAYLA.
MAQSOOD مقصود m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu مقصود (see MAQSUD).
MAQSUD مقصود m Arabic, Urdu
Means "intention, aim" in Arabic.
MARIYAM مریم f Dhivehi, Urdu
Dhivehi form of MARYAM, as well as an alternate transcription of the Urdu name.
MARYAM مریم 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.
MEHMOOD محمود m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu محمود (see MEHMUD).
MEHMUD محمود m Urdu
Urdu form of MAHMUD.
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).
MUHAMMAD محمّد m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "praiseworthy", derived from Arabic حمد (hamid) 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]
MURAD مراد m Arabic, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Avar
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic. This name was borne by several Ottoman sultans.
MURTAZA مرتضی m Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of MURTADA, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
NADEEM ندیم m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نديم or Urdu ندیم (see NADIM).
NADIM ندیم m Arabic, Urdu
Means "drinking companion", derived from Arabic ندم (nadima) meaning "to drink together".
NASEEM نسیم m & f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic نسيم or Urdu نسیم (see NASIM).
NASIM نسیم m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "breeze" in Arabic.
NIDA ندا f Arabic, Urdu
Means "call, proclaim" in Arabic.
NOOR (1) نور f & m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu نور (see NUR).
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.
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.
RAFIQ رفیق m Arabic, Urdu
Means either "friend" or "gentle" in Arabic.
RAJA (2) راجا m Urdu, Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, Indonesian
Means "king, ruler", from Sanskrit राजन् (rajan).
RANA (2) رانا m Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali
From the Sanskrit title राणा (rana) meaning "king".
RAZA رضا m Urdu
Urdu form of RIDHA.
REHMAN رحمٰن, رحمان m Urdu
Urdu form of RAHMAN.
RIZWAN رضوان m Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWAN.
RIZWANA رضوانہ f Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form and variant Arabic transcription of RIDWANA.
SABEEN صبین f Urdu
Possibly from Arabic meaning "follower of another religion", a name given to Muhammad and other Muslims by non-Muslim Arabs.
SADIA سعدیہ f Urdu, Bengali
Urdu and Bengali form of SA'DIA.
SAIRA سائرہ f Urdu
Possibly means "traveller" in Arabic.
SARDAR سردار m Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian sar "head, authority" and dar "possessor".
SHABNAM شبنم f Persian, Urdu
Means "dew" in Persian and Urdu.
SHAHID شاہد m Arabic, Urdu
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
SHAHJAHAN شاہ جہان m Urdu
Means "king of the world" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and جهان (jahan) "world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
SHAHNAZ شہناز f & m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "pride of the king" from the Persian elements شاه (shah) "king" and ناز (naz) "pride".
SHAHRUKH شاہرخ m Urdu, Indian, Hindi
Urdu and Hindi form of SHAHROKH. A notable bearer is Indian actor Shahrukh Khan (1965-).
SHAHZAD شہزاد m Persian, Arabic, Urdu
Means "prince, son of the king" in Persian.
SHANDAR شاندار m Urdu
Means "fabulous" in Urdu.
SHARIF شریف m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Malay
Means "eminent, virtuous" in Arabic. This was a title used by the descendants of Muhammad.
SHER شیر m Urdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
SIKANDAR سکندر m Urdu, Pashto
Urdu and Pashto form of ALEXANDER.
SITARA ستارہ f Urdu
Means "star" in Urdu, ultimately from Persian.
SOHAIL سہیل m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu سہیل (see SUHAIL).
SUHAIL سہیل m Arabic, Urdu
Derived from Arabic سَهُلَ (sahula) meaning "level, even". This is the Arabic name of the second brightest star in the sky, known in the western world as Canopus.
SULTAN سلطان m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, Avar
Means "ruler, king, sultan" in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
SULTANA سلطانہ f Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Feminine form of SULTAN.
SYED سید m Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali form of SAYYID.
SYEDA سیدہ f Urdu
Urdu form of SAYYIDA.
UMAR عمر m Arabic, Urdu
Means "populous, flourishing", derived from Arabic عمر ('umr) meaning "life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of Muhammad who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
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 Quran (surah Ya Sin).
YASIR یاسر m Arabic, Urdu
Means "to be rich", derived from Arabic يسر (yasira) meaning "to become easy". This was the name of an early Islamic martyr. It was also borne by Yasir Arafat (1929-2004), a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
ZAFAR ظفر m Arabic, Urdu
Means "victory" in Arabic.
ZAHID زاہد m Arabic, Urdu
Means "pious, devout" in Arabic.
ZAHIDA زاہدہ f Arabic, Urdu
Feminine form of ZAHID.
ZAHIR ظہیر 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)).
ZAINAB زینب f Arabic, Urdu
Variant Arabic transcription of ZAYNAB, as well as the Urdu form.
ZAMAN زمان m Arabic, Urdu
Means "time, age, era" in Arabic.
ZAWAR زوار m Arabic, Urdu
Means "pilgrim, visitor" in Arabic.
ZIAUDDIN ضیاء الدین m Arabic, Urdu
Variant Arabic transcription of ZIYA AL-DIN, as well as the usual Urdu transcription.