50 Persian Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular Persian baby names

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Persian baby names often originate from a work of Persian literature called the Shahnameh (the Book of Kings), making them beautiful and unique options for your little one.

Iran, also called Persia, with its illustrious and historical past, has been an example of a developed nation in ancient times. The Persians are known for their intricately inlaid metalwork and their legacy of show-stopping architecture. In several ancient cities, beautifully decorated pre-Islamic structures remain to this day, as do spectacular mosques and shrines. Persian heritage, traditions, and culture have influenced the many distinctive names you can bestow upon your child.

Well-known Persian names, such as Armon, Darius, and Keyon, are strong and sophisticated; while Jasmine, Parisa, and Viana are both bold and pretty. However, you do need to be a tad cautious with Persian baby names. Some of the meanings, myths, and stories behind a name are not always as cheerful as you might imagine.

In fact, the Persian boy name, Ahriman means devil or evil spirit. In mythology, this is the name of the god of darkness, death, and destruction. That said, if you do want to choose a Persian name with a positive meaning, there are still many options.

Take the Persian boy name Ashtad, which means justice; or the girl name Esme, which means beloved. See, it’s always wise—and fun—to do a little research behind the names on your list before you make a final decision.

Got a baby on the way? Consider these 50 Persian baby names.

Popular Persian Baby Names For Girls

Here are some of the most popular Persian girl baby names and their origins. Read through to see if any of them could be right for your child.

Adel

  • Origin: German 
  • Meaning: Noble, nobility
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adal, Adelheidis, Adele
  • Famous Namesakes: Lillian Adel Cummins is the daughter of singer Tiffani Wood and Neil Cummins. Adele Astaire was an American dancer, stage actress, and singer. 
  • Peak Popularity: In the 1800s, Adele, spelled with an "e" was popular and familiar. Adele remained in the US Top 1,000 popular baby names through 1969, then reentered the Top 1,000 in 2010 and has remained there ever since. 

Fun Fact: After English pop star, Adele was named Best New Artist at the 2009 Grammy Awards, the name set fire to the rain—and abruptly appeared on the female (name) charts in 2010. 

Aliyeh

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Heavens, highborn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aaliyah, Alia, Aleah
  • Famous Namesakes: R&B singer Aaliyah (1979-2001)
  • Peak Popularity: Spelled Aliyeh, the name ranked No. 20,811 in 2019. However, records indicate that 94,707 girls in the United States have been named Aaliyah since 1880.

Amira

  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning: Princess, treetop, proverb, or sheaf of corn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Amera
  • Famous Namesakes: Israeli journalist and author Amira Hass, French actress Amira Casar, and Dutch opera singer, Amira Willighagen
  • Peak Popularity: Amira ranks in the top 500 in the U.S., coming in at No. 284 in 2020.

Baha

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Splendid
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Baja
  • Peak Popularity: Baha is a unique name, though it currently does not rank in U.S. births.

Cassandan

  • Origin: Persian, Indian
  • Meaning: One of the wives of Kurosh the Great (Cyrus the Great)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cassandra is a similar name
  • Peak Popularity: Cassandan is not currently ranked in U.S. births.

Cyra

  • Origin: Persian, Greek 
  • Meaning: Sun or throne, Lord
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cy, Cyrah
  • Famous Namesakes: Cyra McFadden is an American writer. Her 1977 novel "The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County" satirized the trendy lifestyles of the affluent residents of Marin County, California.
  • Peak Popularity: Cyra currently ranks No. 4,433.

Dalileh

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Orchard, green field
  • Alternate Spellings: Delilah
  • Famous Namesakes: Delilah DiCrescenzo (born 1983) is an American distance runner.
  • Peak Popularity: Spelled Delilah, the name ranks No. 69 in the U.S.

Dorri

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Beloved, adored
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dory, Dorry, Dori, Doris
  • Famous Namesakes: Doris was the mythological daughter of the sea god Oceanus.
  • Peak Popularity: Dori entered the list in 1956 and reached its apex rank of No. 704 in the U.S. in 1960. It dropped out of the top 1,000 after 1973. Dorri is not currently ranked in U.S. births.

Fun Fact: Dory is one of the primary characters of the Disney movie, "Finding Nemo." She is the titular protagonist of its sequel "Finding Dory." The blue tang, silly fish suffers from short-term memory loss.

Esther

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning: Star
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ester, Eszti, Eszter, Hester, Essie
  • Famous Namesakes: Swimmer and actress Esther Williams.
  • Peak Popularity: The height of the name’s popularity was unquestionable during the late 1880s and early 1900s. In 2019 Esther ranked No. 32 in New York and No. 37 in New Jersey. Today, it ranks No. 153 nationwide.

Fun Fact: Esther Grace Earl was an American author, vlogger, internet personality, Nerdfighter, and an activist in the nonprofit Harry Potter Alliance. Earl died of thyroid cancer in 2010. She inspired the best-selling novel and subsequent movie, "The Fault In Our Stars."

Farva

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Crown, wealth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Farwa 
  • Famous Namesakes: Kevin Heffernan played a character named Farva in the 2001 American comedy film "Super Troopers."
  • Peak Popularity: Between 2003 and 2018, three girls were named Farwa in the United States.

Gasperina

  • Origin: Persian, Italian
  • Meaning: Treasure
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gasper
  • Famous Namesakes: This name derives from the Old Persian name, Kaspar, which means treasure bringer, master of the treasure. By the 6th century, the name Gaspar was recorded in mosaic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy.
  • Peak Popularity: Gasperina is not currently ranked in U.S. births.

Fun Fact: Gasperina is a town and comune in the province of Catanzaro, in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is also the birthplace of internationally collected figurative artist Antonio Diego Voci, 1920–1985.

Hana

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Bliss
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hannah, Johana
  • Famous Namesakes: Hana Rebecca Hatae is an actress, known for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), and "Family Matters" (1989).
  • Peak Popularity: Hana did not appear on the U.S. female naming charts until 1994 (but Hannah dates back to the days of colonization). From 1995–2007, Hannah was in the top 10 female names. As of 2020, it was ranked at No. 39.

Fun Fact: The spelling of Hana is the version used among many Slavic nations–specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia (Hana is a Top 25 female name in all of these countries).

Hestia

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Goddess of hearth and home
  • Famous Namesakes: Hestia is the name of the Greek goddess of the hearth, home, and chastity. 
  • Peak Popularity: Hestia ranked at No. 15,896 in 2020.

Irsia

  • Origin: Persian, Indian
  • Meaning: Rainbow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Irish, Irisha, Irsha, Irushi, Iresha
  • Peak Popularity: Irsia is not currently ranked on the Baby Names popularity charts, nor is it ranked in U.S. births.

Jessamine

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Jasmine flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yazmin, Jasmeen, Jessamyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Quaker novelist Jessamyn West is the author of "Friendly Persuasion."
  • Peak Popularity: Jessamine began to be used as a first name in Britain around 1900.

Khina

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Sweet voice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kina
  • Famous Namesakes: Kina Dean is a reality TV star who appeared on several MTV reality shows, including, "Road Rules: X-Treme," "Battle of the Sexes 2," and "The Duel."
  • Peak Popularity: In 2019, Khina ranked No. 20,811

Laila

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Born at night or nightfall
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Layla, Laylah and Lailah
  • Famous Namesakes: Laila Ali (boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali)
  • Peak Popularity: Laila had a blip on the charts in 1884, but was not used as a given name in the U.S. until 2000, when it ranked No. 643. Today Laila is becoming a more common name in America.

Malisa

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Honey bee
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Melissa, Lyssa, Lissa
  • Peak Popularity: There are 0.57 people named Malisa for every 100,000 Americans. Based on the analysis of 100 years worth of data from the Social Security Administration's Baby Names database, the estimated population of people named Malisa is 2,219.

Narda

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Fragrant
  • Famous Namesakes: Narda Onyx is an Estonian, American actress.
  • Peak Popularity: Narda is ranked as the 7325th most popular given name in the U.S. with an estimated population of 1,356.

Fun Fact: Narda Ravanna aka the Belladonna is a character in Marvel's "Spider Man" comics.

Parisa

  • Origin: Iranian, Persian
  • Meaning: Like a fairy
  • Famous Namesakes: Parisa J. Fakhri is an Iranian American actress and voice actress who lives in Texas.
  • Peak Popularity: Parisa is ranked as the 11,164th most popular given name in the U.S. with an estimated population of 701.

Rahele

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Traveler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rachelle, Rachele, Raheleh
  • Famous Namesakes: Raheleh Rahbari is a Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow. Her research focuses on mutations acquired during aging and how they can predispose to disease across generations.
  • Peak Popularity: Rahele is ranked as the 123,834 most popular given name in the U.S. with an estimated population of 19.

Rana

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Glittering object, noticeable
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ronna, Rhana
  • Famous Namesakes: Rana Aylin Foroohar (born March 4, 1970) is an American business columnist and an associate editor at the Financial Times. She is also CNN's global economic analyst.
  • Peak Popularity: Rana is currently not ranked in U.S. births.

Sadira

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Lotus Tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sedera, Sederah
  • Peak Popularity: Sardia is most common in Australia and Quebec.

Fun Fact: Sadira (voiced by Kellie Martin) is a sand witch in the TV series, "Aladdin" (it ran for three seasons from 1994 to 1995).

Sara

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Princess
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sarah, Sarai
  • Famous Namesakes: Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and producer. Bareilles released her debut studio album "Careful Confessions" in 2004.
  • Peak Popularity: Sarah ranked among the top 10 names from 1978 to 2002, reaching a plateau of popularity from the early 1980s to 1988. Sara is currently No. 163 in the U.S.

Popular Persian Names for Boys 

Here are some of the most popular Persian baby names for boys, along with their origins, meanings, and popularity.

Abbas

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abass, Abassi
  • Famous Namesakes: Abbas I of Persia (January 27, 1571-January 29, 1629)
  • Peak Popularity: In 2018 Abbas ranked No. 721 in England

Ahmad

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Greatly praised
  • Famous Namesakes: Ahmad Reza Abedzadah is an Iranian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the Iranian national team. He made 79 appearances for Iran and played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • Peak Popularity: Ahmad ranks No. 602 in the U.S.

Bijan

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Hero
  • Famous Namesakes: Bijan Pakzad, generally known simply as Bijan, was an Iranian designer of menswear and fragrances.
  • Peak Popularity: Bijan is currently not ranked on the baby names popularity charts.

Cyrus

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Sun
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cyra, Cy, Ciro
  • Famous Namesakes: The powerful Cyrus the Great was the fifth century B.C. Persian leader who conquered Babylon to establish his empire.
  • Peak Popularity: Cyrus ranks No. 412 in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Showtime's Homeland actress, Claire Danes, named her baby boy Cyrus.

Danyal

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daniel
  • Famous Namesakes: Danyl Johnson is a British singer.
  • Peak Popularity: In 2018, Danyal ranked No. 824 in England.

Darius

  • Origin: Greek, Persian 
  • Meaning: Kingly, rich
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dariuio‎sh, ‎Dario
  • Famous Namesakes: Darius is a historic name via Emperor Darius the Great, a key figure in ancient Persian history, and several other Persian kings.
  • Peak Popularity: Darius ranks No. 570 in the U.S.

Eskander

  • Origin: Iranian, Persian
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iskander, Askander, Skandar or Scandar
  • Famous Namesakes: Eskander is a surname. Notable people with the surname include Alan Eskander (born 1975), Australian entrepreneur and licensed bookmaker. 
  • Peak Popularity: Eskander is currently not ranked on the baby names popularity charts.

Farhad

  • Origin: Persian 
  • Meaning: Suitor, a true and pure lover
  • Famous Namesakes: Farhad Valiyev, (born November 1, 1980) is a retired Azerbaijani football goalkeeper.
  • Peak Popularity: The name Farhad was given to six baby boys in 1994, ranking No. 2916 on the national boy baby name top chart. 

Fun Fact: Farhad is the name of a character in the Persian story of Shirin and Farhad (a love story similar to Romeo and Juliet).

Farouk 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Seer of truth
  • Famous Namesakes: Farouk al-Sharaa is the Vice President of Syria.
  • Peak Popularity: Farouk is currently not ranked on the baby names popularity charts.

Fun Fact: Farouk was the tenth ruler of Egypt from the Muhammad Ali dynasty and the penultimate King of Egypt and the Sudan.

Habib

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Loved one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Habbib, Habeeb
  • Famous Namesakes: Habib Frédéric Beye was a right-back defender for Paris Saint-Germain in 1997. He transferred at the end of the season to RC Strasbourg in 1998.
  • Peak Popularity: Habib is a popular North African choice, particularly in Tunisia and Syria.

Hafez

  • Origin: Arabic, Persian
  • Meaning: Protector
  • Famous Namesakes: Hafez Al Mirazi is an Egyptian journalist who has appeared on many television shows in both the Middle East and the U.S.
  • Peak Popularity: This name is not popular in the U.S., according to the Social Security Administration.

Hassan

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hasan, Hassen
  • Famous Namesakes: Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings. 
  • Peak Popularity: Hassan is among the more familiar Arabic choices, and also one with an attractive meaning. It has appeared in the U.S. Top 1,000 every year since 1971. It currently ranks No. 784 in the U.S.

Jafar

  • Origin: Arabic, Iranian, Hindi
  • Meaning: Stream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jaffar, Jafer, Jaffer, Jafur
  • Famous Namesakes: Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad aṣ-Ṣādiq, commonly known as Ja‘far al-Ṣādiq or simply as-Sadiq, was an 8th-century Muslim scholar.
  • Peak Popularity: Jafar is currently not ranked on the baby names popularity charts.

Fun Fact: Jafar is the main antagonist of Disney's 1992 animated feature film "Aladdin."

Jalil

  • Origin: Arabic, Persian
  • Meaning: Revered
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jalal, Jaleel, Jahleel
  • Famous Namesakes: Jalil Brown (born October 14, 1987) is an American football coach and former cornerback. He played college football at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.
  • Peak Popularity: Jalil appeared on the charts for the first time in 1985 on ranking No. 2500. Jalil peaked in popularity 21 years ago in 2000, ranking No. 1091.

Jasper

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Bringer of treasure
  • Famous Namesakes: Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, named their son Jasper in 2019.
  • Peak Popularity: At peak popularity, Jasper was 136th in 2019, so close to its ranking in 1880 where it sat at 139th place.

Fun Fact: Jasper is also a gemstone that carries energy and vibrations of peace, calm, and tranquillity.

Karim

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Famous Namesakes: Karim Abdel Aziz is an Egyptian actor.
  • Peak Popularity: In 2016, Karim ranked No. 906 in the U.S.

Keyvan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Handsom
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kevin
  • Famous Namesakes: Keyvan Lewis Jenkins is a former running back who played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League. He also played two seasons in the NFL. He won the Grey Gup for the BC Lions in 1985, and with the Calgary Stampeders in 1992.
  • Peak Popularity: Keyvan is a rare name.

Majid

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Illustrious
  • Famous Namesakes: Majid (born 1975) is a Danish rapper of Moroccan-Berber origin.
  • Peak Popularity: This evocative Arabic name is often heard in India.

Masoud

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Lucky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Massoud, Massoude, Massudeh, Masood, Masʽud, Masud
  • Famous Namesakes: Masʽud I of Ghazni, known as Amīr-i Shahīd, "the martyr king" was the sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire from 1030 to 1040.
  • Peak Popularity: Masoud is currently not ranked on the Baby Names popularity chart.

Nariman

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Faith and brightness
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nairemanah 
  • Famous Namesakes: The name, Nariman, was first referred to in the historic Shahname of Ferdowsi as the son of Gershasp and father of Sām, who, himself is the grandfather of Rostam the hero.
  • Peak Popularity: Six baby boys were named Nariman in Quebec between 1980 and 2019.

Nasim

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Fresh air
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Naseem
  • Famous Namesakes: Nasim Amrohvi (1908-1987), was a renowned Urdu poet.
  • Peak Popularity: Nasim appeared on the charts for the first time in 1991, ranking No. 3707.

Sami

  • Origin: Arabic, Hungarian
  • Meaning: Elevated, sublime
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sammy
  • Famous Namesakes: Rami Sebei is a Canadian professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the WWE SmackDown brand under the ring name "Sami Zayn."
  • Peak Popularity: In 2018 Sami ranked No. 398 in England.

Shamil

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: The North Wind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shameel
  • Famous Namesakes: Shamil Gadzhialiyevich Lakhiyalov is a Russian football official and a former player of Avar ethnicity. He is the president of FC Legion-Dynamo Makhachkala.
  • Peak Popularity: In 1996 Shamil was ranked No. 6,404.

Shayan

  • Origin: Irish, Persian
  • Meaning: Worthy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cheyenne
  • Famous Namesakes: Shayan Munshi is an Indian actor and model. He made his debut in the 2003 Bollywood film Jhankaar Beats and has performed in award-winning films such as "The Bong Connection" and "Carnival."
  • Peak Popularity: In 2018 Shayan ranked No. 775 in England.

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