are used in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
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AFRASIAB افراسياب 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 انو f Pashto
A kind of plant (anise) in Pashto.
ARA آره f Pashto
Means "original" or "unique" in Pashto.
BAKHT بخت m & f Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Persian بخت (baxt)
meaning "fortune, prosperity, luck".
BASOOR بصور m Pashto
This name was first given to Basirullah , know as Basoor Afg
BISMILLAH بسم الله 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 بوبه f Pashto
Means "innocent" or "genuine" in Pashto.
DARWISH دروېش m Arabic, Pashto
Means "dervish" in Arabic, denoting a member of an ascetic Sufi Muslim religious order. The term itself is derived from Persian درویش (darvish)
meaning "poor, needy".
DEWA دیوه f Pashto
Means "candle" or "light" 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 ګلالۍ f Pashto
Derived from Pashto ګلابي (gwëlâbi)
meaning "pink, rosy".
HASK ھسک m Pashto
Means "acme of mountain", a poetic reference to the sky, in Pashto.
ISMATULLAH عصمت الله m Arabic, Indonesian, Pashto
Means "protection of ALLAH
" or "perfection of ALLAH
", from Arabic عِصْمَة (ʿiṣma)
"protection, defence" or "flawlessness, perfection" combined with الله (Allah)
JAGṚALI جګړالې m Pashto
Means "warlike" or "aggressive" in Pashto.
KHUSHAL خوشحال 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.
KOKO کوکو f Pashto
Means "cute" in Pashto. It is used as a nickname in Afghanistan. Another use of Koko as a nickname can be said together as "Koko Gul".
LALZARI لال زاري f Pashto
Derived from Pashto lal
meaning "ruby" and zar
LARO لرو m Pashto
Means "preserver" or "protector" in Pashto.
MALALA ملاله f Pashto
Variant of MALALAI
. A notable bearer is Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai (1997-).
MALGHALARA ملغلره f Pashto
Derived from Pashto مرغلره (marghalara)
MIRWAIS ميرويس 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.
NANGUYALAI ننګیالی m Pashto
Means "honourable" derived from Pashto ننګ (nang)
PATMAN پاتمن m Pashto
Means "man of honour", from Pashto pat
"honour" and man
PATSON پاڅون m Pashto
Means "uprising" or "self-defence" in Pashto.
POHYALI پوھیالې m Pashto
Meaning "knowledge-seeker" or "student" in Pashto.
SADO سدو m Pashto
Means "wise" or "intelligent" in Pashto. This is the name of a famous afghan tribal leader of the 17th century.
SAK ساک m Pashto
Means "archer" in archaic Pashto.
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 شینو 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.).
SPINZAR سپينزر m Pashto
Means "silver" in Pashto, derived from سپين (spin)
meaning "white" and زر (zar)
WAJIA وجيه f Pashto, Urdu
Possibly means "melody" in Pashto or derived from Arabic وَجِيه (wajīh)
meaning "eminent, distinguished".
WALI ولي m Arabic, Urdu, Pashto
Means "helper, protector, friend" in Arabic. The term is also used to refer to saints in Islamic tradition.
WARDAK وردک 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 واورينه f Pashto
Means "white like snow" or "snow white" in Pashto, ultimately from واوره (wâwra)
ZAIB زیب f & m Pashto, Urdu
Means "beauty" in Pashto and "ornament" in Urdu ultimately from Persian زیب zib
ZARGHUNA زرغونه f Pashto
Derived from Pashto زرغون (zërǧun)
ZARSANGA زرڅانگه f Pashto
Means "golden branch", derived from Pashto زر (zar)
meaning "gold, metal" combined with څانګه (śangah)
ZARTAJ زرتاج f & m Pashto
Means "golden crown" from Pashto زر (zar)
meaning "gold, metal" and تاج (taj)
ZMARAI زمری m Pashto
Means "lion" in Pashto. This is also the name of the fifth month of the Afghan calendar.