are used in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AFRASIAB m Persian Mythology, Pashto (Rare)
Possibly means “fearsome” from Middle Persian plʾsy̲d̲ʾp̄
. In Persian mythology, Afrasiab was the mythical king of Turan (a region in Central Asia). He was the main antagonist of the epic poem 'Shahnameh'.
ANO f Pashto
A kind of plant (anise) in Pashto.
ARA f Pashto
Means "original" or "unique" in Pashto.
ASHRAF m & f Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From Arabic أَشْرَف (ʾašraf)
meaning "most noble, most honoured", the elative degree of شَرِيف (šarīf)
AZIZULLAH m Pashto, Urdu
Means "dear to Allah", derived from Arabic عَزِيز (ʿazīz)
meaning "dear, darling" combined with Allah
BAKHT m & f Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Persian بخت (baxt)
meaning "fortune, prosperity, luck".
BASOOR m Pashto
This name was first given to Basirullah , know as Basoor Afg
BISMILLAH m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
From the Arabic phrase بِسْمِ ٱللّٰه (bi-smi llāh)
meaning "in the name of God (Allah)", from اِسْم (ism)
"name" combined with اللّٰه (allāh)
BOBA f Pashto
Means "innocent" or "genuine" in Pashto.
GOŠTĀSP m Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi
Most likely means "whose horses are let loose (for the race)". It was the name of a Kayanian king of Iranian traditional history and patron of Zoroaster.
GULALAI f Pashto
Derived from Pashto ګلابي (gwëlâbi)
meaning "pink, rosy".
HASK m Pashto
Means "acme of mountain", a poetic reference to the sky, in Pashto.
KHUSHAL m Pashto, Urdu, Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Derived from Persian خوشحال (xošhâl)
meaning "happy, merry". Alternatively, it could also be a variant of Kushal
. It is most likely given in honour of Khushal Khan Khattak (1613-1689), a Pashtun poet and freedom fighter.
LALZARI f Pashto
Derived from Pashto lal
meaning "ruby" and zar
LARO m Pashto
Means "preserver" or "protector" in Pashto.
MALALA f Pashto
Variant of Malalai
. A notable bearer is Malala Yousafzai (1997-), a Pakistani activist for female education and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. She was named after the Afghani folk hero from which her name is derived.
MIRWAIS m Pashto
Possibly means "noble ruler", derived from Persian میر (mir)
meaning "leader, ruler, headman" possibly combined with Arabic أُوَيْس (ʾawais)
meaning "little wolf". This was the name of an 18th-century Pashtun tribal chief who founded the Hotak dynasty of Afghanistan.
PATMAN m Pashto
Means "man of honour", from Pashto pat
"honour" and man
PATSON m Pashto
Means "uprising" or "self-defence" in Pashto.
POHYALI m Pashto
Meaning "knowledge-seeker" or "student" in Pashto.
SADO m Pashto
Means "wise" or "intelligent" in Pashto. This is the name of a famous afghan tribal leader of the 17th century.
SAK m Pashto
Means "archer" in archaic Pashto.
SHAPOOR m Pashto, Persian
Derived from Persian شاه (šâh)
meaning "king" combined with پسر (pesar)
"son, boy", ultimately from Old Persian xšāyaθiyahyāpuθra
SHARBAT f Afghani, Pashto
This is the name of the Afghan Girl who appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic: Sharbat Gula.
SHINO m Pashto
From the Pashto word "shīn" (cyan, a kind of green), refering to a child with cyan-coloured eyes, a distinguishing feature of the ancient nomads of Central Asia (incl. the Scythians, Tocharians, Huns, Ashina etc.).
SPIN m & f Pashto
Meaning "white", "pure" or "holy" in Pashto.
SPINZAR m Pashto
Means "silver" in Pashto, derived from سپين (spin)
meaning "white" and زر (zar)
WAJIA f Pashto, Urdu
Possibly means "melody" in Pashto or derived from Arabic وَجِيه (wajīh)
meaning "eminent, distinguished".
WARDAK m Pashto
Meaning "victor" in Pashto. The god of war of the eastern-iranian pantheon, equalent to Persian Bahram and Greek Ares, also the Pashto name of the planet Mars.
WOWREENA f Pashto
Means "white like snow" or "snow white" in Pashto, ultimately from واوره (wâwra)
ZAIB f & m Pashto, Urdu
Means "beauty" in Pashto and "ornament" in Urdu ultimately from Persian زیب zib
ZARSANGA f Pashto
Means "golden branch", derived from Pashto زر (zar)
meaning "gold, metal" combined with څانګه (śangah)
ZMARAI m Pashto
Means "lion" in Pashto. This is also the name of the fifth month of the Afghan calendar.