50 Arabic Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular Arabic baby names

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Arabic is a language spoken across 28 countries by over 200 million people in the world today. Arabic speakers are predominantly found in some parts of Africa and the Middle East. The language is that of the Qur’an which means that it's revered and often spoken by Muslims across the world. You might want to give your child an Arabic name because of your African or Middle Eastern heritage, because you practice Islam, or even because you love and respect the language. 

Arabic names are typically made up of five parts instead of the customary three-part names used in many areas of the world. The first part is what is called the 'ism,' or the first name. There is also the 'nasab,' which is a name that indicates the person's heritage. The 'nisbah' is the surname or family name, and the 'kunya' is a name used to refer to the bearer’s firstborn son or daughter. 

The 'ism' is usually full of meaning and family history. Much thought is put into naming every child, and the meaning of each name is deeply considered. When writing the names in Arabic it’s important to pay attention to the intricacies of the written language. A slight change in any of the characters in the name could change the entire meaning. 

Popular Arabic Baby Names For Girls

Here are some of the most popular Arabic names for girls.

Aaliyah  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: High, heavens, exalted 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aliya, Aliah, Alia, Aliyah, Aleeah, Aleeia 
  • Famous Namesakes: Aliya LeeKong, American chef and television personality; Aaliyah, American singer; Aliya Mustafina, Russian gymnast 
  • Peak Popularity: Aaliyah is the seventieth most popular name for girls in the United States. 

Fun Fact: Aaliyah is the feminine form of the masculine Arabic name Ali. The name gained popularity in the United States when the singer Aaliyah rose to fame.

Aisha

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Womanly, she who lives, alive 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aishat, Aaisha, Ayesha, Aicha, Aischa, Ayse 
  • Famous Namesakes: Aisha Kahlil, American singer; Aisha Hinds, American actress; Ayesha Khan, Pakistani actress; Aisha Tyler, American television personality 
  • Peak Popularity: In 1977, 1,540 baby girls were named Aisha; this was the peak of its popularity in the United States.

Fun Fact: The origin of the name Aisha is from the name of the youngest wife of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. The name got a boost in popularity in the United States in 1975 when Stevie Wonder named his first daughter Aisha.

Amina 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Faithful, trustworthy 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aminah, Aaminah, Aamina
  • Famous Namesakes: Amina, Queen of Zazzau and famous Hausa warrior; Amina Afzali, Afghani politician; Amina Mohamed, Somali lawyer and politician 
  • Peak Popularity: About 13,349 baby girls have been given the name Amina in the United States since 1880. In 2017, 1,177 babies were named Amina which is the highest record of its use.

Fun Fact: Amina is also a common Bosnian name.

Amira 

  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Princess
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Amirah, Emira, Ameera, Meera 
  • Famous Namesakes: Amira Ben Amor, Tunisian long-distance runner; Amira Hass, Israeli journalist; Amira Willighagen, Dutch singer; Amira Casar, actress 
  • Peak Popularity: The peak popularity of the name Amira in the United States was in 2019 when 1,160 girls were given the name. It has remained a popular name since then.

Fun Fact: In Hebrew, Amira means 'saying' or 'treetop.'

Fatima

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Captivating 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fatimah, Fatma
  • Famous Namesakes: Fatimah Abdullah, Malaysian politician; Fatima Banez, Spanish politician 
  • Peak Popularity: Fatima was most popular in 2007; 1,517 girls were given the name that year. 

Fun Fact: Fatima was the name of one the Islamic Prophet Muhammad's daughters. 

Fareeda 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Unique 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Farida, Faridah, Fareedah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Farida of Egypt, Queen of Egypt; Farida Jalal, Indian actress; Farida Parveen, Bangladeshi singer 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2015, 54 girls were named Fareeda in the United States. This was the peak of its popularity. 

Fun Fact: The masculine form of Fareeda is Fareed or Farid.

Farrah 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Happiness, joy 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Farah, Farhaa, Ferrah, Fareeha 
  • Famous Namesakes: Farrah Abraham, American television personality; Farrah Fawcett, American actress
  • Peak Popularity: Farrah has peaked and dropped in popularity over the years in the United States. It first peaked in 1977 when 174 girls were given the name. It dipped in popularity then peaked again in 2012 when 183 women were named Farrah.

Fun Fact: The name Farrah also has Irish origins. In Irish it means pleasant or beauty. 

Habiba

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Beloved 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Habibah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Habiba Djahnine, Algerian film producer; Habiba Ghribi, Tunisian athlete 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2014, 45 girls were given the name Habiba in the United States.

Fun Fact: The name Habiba stems from the masculine Arabic name, Habib.

Halima 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Gentle, mild-mannered 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Halimah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore; Halima Aden, model; Halima Ahmed, political activist  
  • Peak Popularity: In 2019, 87 babies were named Halima in the United States at the peak of its popularity.

Fun Fact: The masculine form of Halima is Halim.

Hana 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Happiness, bliss 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hannah, Hanaa 
  • Famous Namesakes: Hana Mae Lee, actress; Hana Pestle, American musician; Hana Kuk, Hong-Kong singer and songwriter 
  • Peak Popularity:  In 2002, 411 baby girls were named Hana in the United States. This was the peak of its popularity. 

Imani 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Faith 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iman, Emani, Imaani 
  • Famous Namesakes: Imani Coppola, American singer and songwriter; Imani Hakim, American actress
  • Peak Popularity: In 1997, 1,185 baby girls were given the name Imani. This is the highest record of its use.

Jamila 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Beauty 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jamilah, Jameela, Djamila, Gamila 
  • Famous Namesakes: Jameela Jamil, British actress and model; Jamila Afghani, Afghan activist; Jamila Cholimbo (Mila J), American singer and songwriter 
  • Peak Popularity: Jamila was most popular in the United States in 1977. In 2018, 167 babies were given the name as compared to in 1977 when 418 babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: The masculine form of Jamila is Jamil.

Kamilah 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Perfect
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kamila, Kamilla 
  • Famous Namesakes: Kamilla Gainetdinova, Russian skater; Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, Polish politician 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Kamilah has grown in popularity over the years in the United States. Its peak use was in 2019 when 1,319 babies were given the name.

Fun Fact: The Czech form of Kamila is Camilla.

Khadijah 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Early baby, respected 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Khadija, Khadiga
  • Famous Namesakes: Khadija al-Salami, Yemeni film producer; Khadija Arib, Dutch politician; Khadijah Whittington, American basketball player 
  • Peak Popularity: In 1994, 1,662 babies were named Khadija; this was the peak of its popularity in the United States. There has been a sharp dip in popularity since then. In 2016, only 138 babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: The first wife of the Islamic prophet Muhammad was Khadija bint Khuwaylid. The name has been one of the three most popular names in the Arabic and Islamic world since then. 

Layla 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Light 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Leila, Laila, Lila, Lilah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Layla El, wrestler; Layla Anna-Lee, actress 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Layla has shot up in popularity over the last decade in the United States. In 2013, 6,482 girls were given the name. 

Fun Fact: Layla was the name of one of the love interests in "Layla and Manjun," a popular Arab tale in the 12th century. The name became popular in the United States after the release of Eric Clapton’s famous song of the same name. 

Malika 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Queen 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Malikah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Malika Ayane, Italian singer; Malika Menard, Miss France 2010; Malika Oufkir, Moroccan writer 
  • Peak Popularity: The peak popularity of the name Malika was in 1996 when 183 girls were given the name.

Fun Fact: The masculine form of the name Malika is Malik, which means king.

Mariam 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Beloved, star of the sea 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maryam, Meriem, Mariyam 
  • Famous Namesakes: Maryam d'Abo, English actress; Maryam Monsef, Afghan Canadian politician; Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani politician 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2016, 569 babies were given the name Mariam during its peak popularity.

Nabila 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nabeela, Nabilah, Nabeelah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Masuma Rahman Nabila, Bangladeshi actress; Nabilah Lubis, Indonesian writer; Nabila Ramdani, journalist 
  • Peak Popularity: The popularity of the name Nabila has peaked and dipped over the past decade in the United States, but has never been very popular. At its peak in 2004, only 28 babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: The masculine form of Nabila is Nabil; it also means noble.

Nadia 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Delicate, tender 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nadiyya, Nadya, Nadiyyah
  • Famous Namesakes: Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gymnast; Nadia Petrova, Russian tennis player; Nadia Ali, singer
  • Peak Popularity: Nadia is a popular name in the United States. In 2005, 1,921 girls were given the name.

Fun Fact: Nadia is also a popular Slavic name for girls. It means hope in most Slavic languages.

Naima

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Content, to be contented 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Naimah, Naema 
  • Famous Namesakes: Naima Adedapo, singer; Naima Khan, Pakistani actress; Naima Mora, American model
  • Peak Popularity: In 2007, 305 babies were given the name Naima in the United States. This is the peak of its popularity. 

Fun Fact: Naima is also the name of a popular ballad by John Coltrane, named after his wife Juanita Naima Coltrane.

Nyla 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Winner 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nylah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Nyla, dancehall singer and songwriter; Nyla Usha, actress 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Nyla has become popular in the United States in the last few years. In 2019, 1,263 girls were given the name. 

Salma

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Peace 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Selima, Salima 
  • Famous Namesakes: Salma Hayek, Mexican actress; Lalla Salma, princess consort of Morocco; Salma Yaqoob, British politician 
  • Peak Popularity: Salma was most popular in 1999 when 442 girls were given the name.

Fun Fact:  Salma is also the name of a village in Nepal and in Syria.

Sara 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Joy and delight 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sarah
  • Famous Namesakes: Sarah, Duchess of York and former British princess
  • Peak Popularity: Sarah has been one of the top 150 names given to girls in the United States since 1880. 

Fun Fact: Sara is also a Hebrew name. In Hebrew it means woman of high rank or minister.

Shakira

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Thankful 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Shakira, singer and songwriter; Shakira Austin, American basketball player 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2001, 269 girls were given the name Shakira.

Fun Fact: The masculine form of Shakira is Shakir or Shakur. 

Zainab 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Fragrant flower 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zaynab, Zeyneb, Zinab, Zineb, Zeinab, Zaineb 
  • Famous Namesakes: Zainab Ahmad, American prosecutor; Zainab Chottani, fashion designer; Zeinab Badawi, Sudanes-British radio and television journalist 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2017, 308 girls were named Zainab in the United States. This was the peak of its popularity.

Fun Fact: Zainab was the name of the daughter and granddaughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The name has been popular in the Arabic and Islamic world since then. 

Zaria 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Princess, blooming flower 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zarya, Zahrah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Zaria Mimano, English humanitarian 
  • Peak Popularity: In the year 2000, 568 girls were given the name Zaria in the United States. 

Fun Fact: Zaria is also the name of a popular city in Nigeria, West Africa. 

Popular Arabic Baby Names For Boys

Here are some of the most popular Arabic names for boys.

Abdullah  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: God’s follower 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abdallah, Abdalla, Abdala, Abdellah, Abdollah 
  • Famous Namesakes: Abdullah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey; Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan; Abdullah of Pahang, King of Malaysia 
  • Peak Popularity: Although it’s a common Arabic name, Abdullah isn’t very popular in the United States. In 2014, 413 boys were given the name Abdullah; this is the peak of its popularity. 

Fun Fact: Abdullah was the name of the father to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It has since been a common name amongst Muslims. 

Ahmed 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Greatly praised, one who praises God 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ahmad, Ahmet 
  • Famous Namesakes: Ahmed Ahmed, Egyptian-American actor; Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, former President of Iraq; Ahmed Plummer, former NFL player; Ahmed Musa, Nigerian footballer 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2015, 589 boys were given the name Ahmed in the United States.

Ali 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Champion, elevated, high 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alli, Aly, Allie 
  • Famous Namesakes: Ali Salem, Egyptian playwright; Ali Daei, Iranian footballer; Ali Sastroamidjojo, eighth and tenth Prime Minister of Indonesia 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Ali is growing in popularity in the United States. In 2014, 1,249 babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: Ali is a unisex name in the United States.

Amir 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Prince, chief, commander
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ameer, Aamir, Emir 
  • Famous Namesakes: Amir Blumenfeld, American-Israeli comedian; Amir Celestin, American basketball player; Amir Johnson, American basketball player 
  • Peak Popularity: Amir is a fairly popular name in the United States and is growing in popularity. In 2019, 2,611 boys were named Amir.

Farouq 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: One who tells right from wrong 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Faruk, Farook, Farooq, Farooqi, Faaruuq
  • Famous Namesakes: Farouk of Egypt, former King of Egypt and Sudan; Farooq Abdullah, Indian politician; Farooq Sheikh, Indian actor 
  • Peak Popularity: Farouq isn’t a popular name in the United States. In 2014, only six babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: There is a village in Iran with the name Faruq.

Galib 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Victor, to defeat, to overcome 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ghalib 
  • Famous Namesakes: Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, American writer; Umar Arteh Ghalib, former Prime Minister of Somalia 
  • Peak Popularity: Galib isn’t a popular name in the United States. 

Hafiz

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Guardian, custodian, one who remembers 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Haafiz, Hafeez, Hafez 
  • Famous Namesakes: Hafiz al-Iraqi, Islamic scholar; Hafez al-Assad, former President of Syria
  • Peak Popularity: In 2016, only 11 babies were given the name Hafiz in the United States.

Habib 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Most loved, beloved 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Habeeb
  • Famous Namesakes: Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian politician; Habib Koité, Malian musician; Habib Habibou, French footballer 
  • Peak Popularity: Habib is a fairly popular name in countries in the Middle East and some parts of Africa. However, in America, only 39 babies were named Habib in 2019 and this was the peak of its popularity.

Fun Fact: Habib is also a common surname. The feminine form of the name is Habiba. 

Hamid 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Praiseworthy, lauded 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hameed, Hamad, Haamed, Hamed, Hamit 
  • Famous Namesakes: Hamed Haddadi, Iranian basketball player; Hamid Drake, American musician; Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan 
  • Peak Popularity: In 1989, 26 babies were named Hamid at the peak of its popularity in the United States. 

Fun Fact: There are several towns and villages in Iran named Hamid. Al-Hamid is also one of the 99 names of Allah.

Hassan 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Beautifier, handsome, benefactor 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hasan, Al-Hasan, Hussein, Hussain, Hasson
  • Famous Namesakes: Hasan Minhaj, American comedian; Hasson Arbubakrr, former NFL player; Hassan Adams, NBA player; Hassan Whiteside, American basketball player 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2017, 338 babies were named Hassan in the United States.

Fun Fact: Hassan can also be an Irish, Scottish, Jewish or Arabic surname. 

Ibrahim 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Father of many 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ebrahim, Ibraheem, Ibrahem 
  • Famous Namesakes: Ibrahim Halidi, Prime Minister of Comoros
  • Peak Popularity: Ibrahim is a fairly popular name in the United States. The peak of its popularity was in 2016 when 816 boys were given the name.

Fun Fact: Ibrahim was derived from the Hebrew name Abraham which also means father of many.

Idris 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Interpreter, smart, studious 
  • Famous Namesakes: Idris Elba, English actor; Idris I of Morocco, first ruler and founder of the Idrisid Dynasty of Morocco 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2019, 260 babies were named Idris.

Fun Fact: Idris is also a Welsh name, made popular by Idris Gawr (Idris the Giant) who was a king of Meirionnydd in early medieval Wales.

Ismail 

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Heard by God 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Esmail, Ismaeel, Isma’il, Ishmael 
  • Famous Namesakes: Esmail Koushan, Iranian film director; Ismail Ogan, Turkish wrestler; Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian politician 
  • Peak Popularity:  Ismail isn’t quite as popular in the United States as it is in the Muslim world. In 2016, 171 babies were given the name; this is the highest record of its use. 

Jamal 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Beauty 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jamel, Gamal, Djamel, Jammal 
  • Famous Namesakes: Jamal Adams, American football player; Jamal Crawford, American basketball player; Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian journalist; Jamal Woolard, American entertainer 
  • Peak Popularity: Jamal was a pretty popular name for boys in the 1990s. In 1993, 1,254 boys were named Jamal at the peak of its popularity. 

Kabir 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: The great, leader, powerful 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kabeer, Kabier 
  • Famous Namesakes: Kabir, 15th-century Indian poet and mystic saint
  • Peak Popularity: The popularity of the name Kabir is on the rise in the United States. While only six babies were named Kabir in 1976, in 2018, 207 babies were named Kabir. 

Fun Fact: Kabir is the thirty-seventh name of God in Islam.

Kareem

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Noble, generous 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Karim, Kerim 
  • Famous Namesakes: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player; Kareem Jackson, American football player; Karim Masimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan 
  • Peak Popularity: Kareem was a popular name in the United States in the early 1980s. In 1980, 480 babies were given the name.

Fun Fact: The feminine form of the name is Karima. 

Khalid  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Immortal, everlasting 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Khaleed, Khaled, Kalid
  • Famous Namesakes: DJ Khaled, American DJ; Khalid Robinsons (Khalid), American singer 
  • Peak Popularity: Khalid was most popular in the United States in 2019 when 293 babies were given the name.

Malik 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: King, Owner 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maleek, Malyk, Malek, Malick, Maalek
  • Famous Namesakes: Malik Yoba, American actor; Malik Abdul Aziz (Muslim name of Mike Tyson), American boxer; Malik Obama, half-brother to Barack Obama 
  • Peak Popularity: Malik used to be quite a popular name in the United States, although in recent years its popularity has dipped. In 1996, 4,048 babies were named Malik.

Fun Fact: The feminine form of the name is Malika. 

Muhammad  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: To praise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammed, Mohamed, Mihammad, Mahomet, Mahometus 
  • Famous Namesakes: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia; Muhammad Ali, American boxer; Muhammad Anwar El-Sadat, third president of Egypt 
  • Peak Popularity: The popularity of the name Muhammad is on the rise in the United States. In 2019, 992 babies were given the name. 

Fun Fact: Muhammad is a very revered name amongst practitioners of Islam. It was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion. Several Arabic names such as Ahmed, Hamid, and Mahmud are rooted from the name Muhammad.

Nasir  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Helper, one who gives victory 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nasser, Naseer
  • Famous Namesakes: Nasir Jones, American rapper; Nasir Gebelli, Iranian-American game developer 
  • Peak Popularity: Nasir is growing in popularity in the United States, in 2019, 926 babies were named Nasir. 

Fun Fact: There’s a small town in South Sudan called Nasir. 

Omar 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Gifted speaker 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Omer, Oumar, Umar, Omer 
  • Famous Namesakes: Omar Epps, American actor; Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2003, 3,223 babies were given the name Omar, this was the peak of its popularity in the United States. Although its popularity has dipped, it remains a fairly popular name in the United States.

Rahim 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Compassionate, kind 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raheem 
  • Famous Namesakes: Raheem Beyah, American computer scientist; Raheem Brock, American footballer; Raheem Kassam, British politician 
  • Peak Popularity: Rahim isn’t a very popular name in the United States. 

Fun Fact: Rahim is one of the 99 names of Allah.

Rashid  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Guided rightly 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rasheed, Rachid, Rashed 
  • Famous Namesakes: Rashid Khan, Indian actor; Rashid Mahazi, Australian footballer 
  • Peak Popularity: In 1996, 67 babies were named Rashid.

Fun Fact: Ar-Rashid is one of the 99 names of Allah.

Tariq 

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: He who knocks at the door 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tareeq, Tarek, Tarik, Tareq 
  • Famous Namesakes: Tariq Ali, British-Pakistani writer; Tariq Lamptey, English footballer; Tariq Trotter, American rapper 
  • Peak Popularity: Tariq isn’t a very popular name in the United States. However, in 1998, it surged in popularity when 521 babies were given the name.

Fun Fact: The name Tariq was made popular by Tariq ibn Ziyad. He was an Islamic military leader who fought in the Battle of Guadaletein and helped to conquer Iberia, a region of Europe. 

Yusuf  

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: God increases 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yussuf, Yousef, Youssef, Youcef, Yusef, Yousif, Youssof, Yousaf
  • Famous Namesakes: Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director; Yusuf Islam, British musician; Yusef Komunyakaa, American poet 
  • Peak Popularity: In 2018, 418 babies were given the name Yusuf, at the peak of its popularity in the United States.

Fun Fact: Yusuf is the Arabic version of the English name Joseph.

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