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Baby Names (Muslim)

10 Tips to Choosing the Best Baby Name

A new baby is truly a miracle. From the moment you learn of the little one’s existence, you begin to dream and plan. Will she be a doctor? Will he be handsome and intelligent? Parents-to-be spend countless hours dreaming of the baby they will soon meet and discussing the most important thing of all – what should we name our baby?

This question is equally entertaining and stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to focus on the joy of the situation rather than the anxiousness it might bring. Just remember, your child will be perfect, and your name will be, too.

#1: The Deeper Meaning
What is really in a name? We all know the old adage about a rose by any other name, but what does a name really mean? Many baby names are taken from languages that do actually have deeper meanings, and some might not have the exact meaning you are seeking. If you think a name sounds beautiful, but means “the weak one,” you might want to head back to the drawing board.
By the same token, if you are just starting your search, consider names based on something the baby might represent – without smothering the poor child with your expectations. More than one baby has been given a name symbolizing hope or happiness.

#2: The Impression
What impression does the name make on others? If you’re considering giving your son or daughter a name that is tricky to pronounce, you might reconsider. Some parents think it is adorable to match first name and last name. This is usually just confusing to everyone involved.
In general, long surnames are best paired with shorter first names and vice-versa. Remember, you child is going to have to write out the name on every piece of paper they turn in for the rest of their life. Take pity on them if their last name already contains more than seven letters.

#3: The Memories
Maybe a name sounds beautiful until you realize that your husband’s ex-fiance had the same name. It’s a pretty safe bet your husband would feel the same way about your ex-finaces’ names. If a name leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you probably don’t want to taste it every time you speak to your child. Find something more palatable.

#4: Religion
Many times religion will have some say in the naming of a child born into that faith. Some religions feel that a child’s name should come from a deceased relative, while others feel strongly about having a name associated with a prophet or saint. Religious aspects are important to consider, but often are easily resolved with a middle name or a bit of creativity.

#5: Honor
Should your baby be named in honor of someone else? Perhaps the first son should be named after his father. If this is the case, be sure to give the child a nickname early on as to avoid having two people with the same name living in the same house. Middle names are another common way to honor relatives or parents.

#6: Initials
Some parents sort through baby girl names and settle on a wonderful name just to discover that the baby’s initials spell out something undesirable. While this may seem trivial to adults, it can mean a great deal to a child suffering through school with cruel taunting over her initials. On the flip side, some children are given specific initials to continue a family tradition or to honor a relative.

#7: Nicknames
Some names lend themselves easily to nicknames. If you think the nickname is desirable, encourage its use early on. If you prefer the child to go by the full name, you and your little one may have an uphill battle against well-meaning strangers. Another area to consider is any nickname that future classmates might dream up based on the way a name sounds. If there is anything remotely funny about a particular name, you can count on eight-year-olds to find it.

#8: Gender
Sometimes the lines between gender specific names are blurring. This may or may not be a good thing for your baby. More girls seem to be receiving baby boys names. A boy never wants to be in the same room as a girl with the same name. It is up to the parents to plan ahead as much as possible. Also, even if you know the gender, bring a few extra names to the hospital just in case. Ultrasound “uh-ohs” have definitely happened.

#9: Spelling
To break the mold, you might consider a unique spelling of an otherwise traditional name. Of course, there are already many accepted ways to write many baby names, so this will probably not be a problem. Do consider your child in this decision however. If a baby name is spelled so unusually that friends and family have a hard time remembering just how to spell it or even pronounce it correctly, you might have gone too far.

#10: Easy to Live With
Most importantly of all, you want to pick a name you and your little one can live with happily. Are you comfortable saying the name out loud? Does it sound right when you yell it out the back door or up the stairs? Is it too reminiscent of anything or anyone you really don’t want associated with your own blessed child?
Remember, too, that baby names can become a burden to a child if he feels he must live up to extremely high standards. If a child was named for a legend in your country or culture, will she be able to handle the pressure?
Like pregnancy, selecting the perfect baby name is a unique experience for every parent. Parents with more than one child can tell the tale of wading through the mired mess of baby names each time a new child was on the way. The bottom line is to have an open mind and heart.
Even with the best planning, a brand new baby can easily catch a parent off guard. Many a parent has first laid eyes on their newborn and declared the child needs a totally different name than the carefully planned one. Enjoy the planning and most especially enjoy the joys of parenthood.

List of Male Muslim Names and their Meanings 
 

Name

Meaning

Name

Meaning

Abdul-Aleem Servant of the Omniscient Abdul-Aalee Servant of the Most High
Abdul Azeem Servant of the Mighty Abdul-Azeez Servant of the Mighty, the Powerful
Abdul-Baari Servant of the Creator Abdul-Baasit Servant of the Extender, Creator
Abdul-Fataah Servant of the Opener (of the gates of sustenance) Abdul-Jabaar Servant of the Mighty
Abdul-Ghafaar Servant of the Forgiver Abdul-Ghafoor Servant of the Forgiver
Abdul-Haady Servant of the Guide Abdul-Haafiz Servant of the Protector
Abdul-Haq Servant of the Truth Abdul-Hakam Servant of the Arbitrator
Abdul-Hakeem Servant of the Wise Abdul-Haleem Servant of the Mild, Patient
Abdul-Hameed Servant of the Praiseworthy, the Ever-Praised Abdul-Haseeb Servant of the Respected, Esteemed
Abdul-Jaleel Servant of the Great, Revered Abdul-Qaadir Servant of the Capable
Abdul-Kareem Servant of the Noble, Generous Abdul-Lateef Servant of the Kind
Abdul-Majeed Servant of the Glorious Abdul-Muiz Servant of the Giver of Might and Glory
Abdul-Mutaal Servant of the Most High Abdul-Mujeeb Servant of the Responder
Abdul-Mateen Servant of the Firm, Strong Abdul-Muhaimin Servant of the Supervising, the Guardian, the Protector
Abdul-Nasser Servant of the Helper, Granting Victory Abdul-Qudoos Servant of the Most Holy
Abdul-Qahaar Servant of the Subduer, the Almighty Abdul-Raafi’ Servant of the One Who Raises (intellect, esteem), Elevates
Abdul-Raheem Servant of the Most Compassionate Abdul-Rahmaan Servant of the Mercifully Gracious
Abdul-Rasheed Servant of the Rightly Guided Abdul-Razaaq Servant of the Maintainer, the Provider
Abdul-Salaam Servant of the Peace Abdul-Raouf Servant of the Most Merciful
Abdul-Khaaliq Servant of the Creator Abdul-Saboor Servant of the Patient
Abdul-Samad Servant of the Eternal Abdul-Samee’ Servant of the All-Hearing
Abdullah Servant of God Abdul-Shakoor Servant of the Most Thankful
Abdul-Tawaab Servant of the Forgiver Abdul-Wadood Servant of the Loving
Abdul-Waahid Servant of the One Abdul-Wahaab Servant of the Giver
Abaan Old Arabic name Abbas Description of a lion
Al Abbas Description of a lion Abedin Worshippers
Abed Worshipper Adnan Proper name
Adham Black Ashraf More Honorable
Aadil Just Afeef Chaste, Modest
Ahmad Commendable, Praiseworthy Akram Most Generous
Alaa Nobility, Excellence Alaa Udeen Excellence of Religion
Ali Excellent, Noble Ameen Faithful, Trustworthy
Ameer Ruler, Prince Amjad More Glorious
Aamir Populous, Full, Prosperous Ammar The builder, constructor, one who prays and fasts a great deal
Amr Old Arabic name Anas A group of people (as opposed to other creatures)
Anees Close friend Aarif Acquainted, Knowledgeable
Awad Reward, Compensation Ayoob A Prophet’s name
Ayman Lucky, On the right Aws Name of a tree
Azhar The most shining, Luminous Azzaam Determined, Resolved
Abu Bakr The companion of Prophet Muhammad Abul Khayr One who does good
Aasim Protector Asif Forgiveness
Ataa Gift Arsh Dominion , Crown
Badr Udeen Full moon of the Faith Baha Beautiful, Magnificent
Baha Udeen The magnificent of the Faith Baahir Dazzling, Brilliant
Bahiy Udeen The magnificent of the Faith Bashaar Bringer of glad tidings
Basel Brave Basaam Smiling
Baasim Smiling Bilal The Prophet’s Muezzin (person who calls to prayer)
Bishr Joy Burhaan Proof
Dawoud A Prophet’s name Dhul Fiqaar The name of the Prophet’s Sword
Diyaa Udeen Brightness of the Faith Fadi Redeemer
Fadl Outstanding, Honorable Fadl Ullah The excellence of God
Fahad Lynx Faisal Decisive
Faakhir Proud, Excellent Fakhry Honorary
Fareed Unique Faaris Horseman, Knight
Faarooq He who distinguishes truth from falsehood Fateen Clever, Smart
Fawaz Successful Fidaa Redemption, Sacrifice
Faris Perspicacity Fuad Heart
Ghaalib Victor Ghasaan Old Arabic name
Ghaazi Conqueror Ghiyaath Succorer
Haady Guiding to the right Haamid Praising (God), Loving (God)
Hamza Lion Haani Happy, Delighted, Content
Humam Courageous and generous Haarith Plowman, Old Arabic name
Haaroon A Prophet’s name Hassan Beautiful
Haashim Name of the Prophet’s grandfather, Old Arabic name Hassaan Beautiful
Haatim Judge Haytham Young hawk
Haashim Generosity Huthayfa Old Arabic name
Husaam Sword Husaam Udeen The sword of the Faith
Ihsaan Beneficence Hussein Beautiful
Houd A Prophet’s name Ibraheem A Prophet’s name
Idrees A Prophet’s name Ikrimah Female of a pigeon
Imaad Support, Pillar Imaad Udeen The pillar of the Faith
Imraan A Prophet’s name Irfaan Thankfulness
Iesa A Prophet’s name Is-haaq A Prophet’s name
Isaam Safeguard Ismaael A Prophet’s name
Izz Udeen Might of the Faith Jaabir Consoler, Comforter
Jaafar Rivulet Jalaal Glory of the Faith
Jamaal Beauty Jamaal Udeen Beauty of the Faith
Jameel Beautiful Jihad To Strive for
Jawad Openhanded, Generous Kamal Perfection
Kaamil Perfect Kareem Generous, Noble
Khairy Charitable, Beneficent Khair Udeen The good of the Faith
Khaldoon Old Arabic name Khalid Eternal
Khaleel Friend Khuzaymah Old Arabic name
Labeeb Sensible, Intelligent Luqmaan A Prophet’s name
Lutfi Kind and friendly Lu’ay Proper name
Ma’n Benefit Ma’d An old Arabian tribe’s name
Mahdy Guided to the right path Maahir Skilled
Mahmoud Praised Makeen Strong, Firm
Majd Glory Majd Udeen The glory of the Faith
Majdy Glorious Mamdouh One who is commended, Praised, Glorified
Mamnoon Trustworthy Mansour Aided (by God), Victorious
Marwan Old Arabic name Marzouq Blessed (by God), Fortunate
Masoud Happy, Lucky Maysarah Ease, Comfort
Maazin Proper name Misbaah Lamp
Muaath Protected Ma’awiya A young dog or fox (First Umayyad Khalifah)
Muayid Supported Muhammad Praised
Muhannad Sword Mufeed Useful
Muhsin Beneficent, Charitable Muhtady Rightly guided
Mujaahid Fighter (in the way of Allah) Mukhtaar Chosen
Munthir Warner, Cautioner Muneer Brilliant, Shining
Muntasir Victorious Murtadhy Satisfied, Content
Moosa A Prophet’s name Musad Unfettered camel
Muslim Submitting himself to God Mustafa Chosen (One of the Prophet Muhammad’s names)
Mutasim Adhering (to Faith, to God) Mutazz Proud, Mighty
Mutaa Obeyed Mutee Obedient
Muwafaq Successful Nabhan Noble, Outstanding
Nabeeh Noble, Outstanding Nabeel Noble
Natheer Warner Nadeem Friend
Naadir Dear, Rare Naeem Comfort, Ease, Tranquil
Najeeb Of noble descent Naajy Safe
Najm Udeen The star of the Faith Naa’il Acquirer, Earner
Naasih Advisor Naseem Fresh air
Nasser Udeen Protector of the Faith Nawfal Generous, Old Arabic name for the sea
Nazeeh Pure, Chaste Naathim Arranger, Adjuster
Nooh A Prophet’s name Nu’man (Blood) Old Arabic name
Noori Shining Noor Udeen Brightness of the Faith
Omar Life, long living Omran Solid structure
Omeir Long living Ossama One of the names of the lion.
Qasim Divider Qatadah A hardwood tree
Qays Firm Qudamah Courage
Qutaybah Irritable, Impatient Rabah Gainer
Rabee’ Spring Rafee’ Kind friend
Ragheb Desirous Ra’ed Leader
Rajab The seventh month of the Muslim year Raakin Respectful
Raamiz Symbol Rashad Integrity of conduct
Rashid Rightly guided, Having the true Faith Raatib Arranger
Ridha Contentment Ridhwan Acceptance, Good will, Name of the keeper of the Gates of Heaven
Riyadh Gardens Sabeeh Beautiful
Saabir Patient Safiy Best friend
Safwan Old Arabic name (rocks) Saahir Wakeful
Saad Good luck Saeed Happy, Rivulet
Saajid One who worships God Salah Righteousness
Salah Udeen The righteousness of the Faith Saalih Good, Righteous
Salem Safe Saleem Safe
Salman Safe Sameer Entertaining companion (man)
Samir Entertaining companion Saariyah Clouds at night
Sayf Udeen Sword of the Faith Sayid Master
Shaady Singer Shafeeq Compassionate, Tender
Shareef Distinguished, Noble Shihab Flame, Blaze
Siraaj Lamp, Light Subhy Early morning
Suhayb Of reddish hair or complexion Suhail Name of a star
Sulayman A Prophet’s name Suoud Good luck
Taahir Chaste, Modest Talal Nice, Admirable
Talha Kind of tree Tamam Generous
Taamir One who knows dates Tarfah Kind of tree
Tareef Rare, Uncommon Tariq Name of a star
Tawfeeq Success, Reconciliation Tayseer Facilitation
Taymullah Servant of God Thaabit Firm
Thaqib Shooting Star Ubaadah Old Arabic name
Ubaidah Servant of God Ubay Old Arabic name
Umar Old Arabic name (Second Khalifah) Umaarah Old Arabic name
Umair Old Arabic name Uqbah The end of everything
Usaamah Description of a lion Utbah Old Arabic name
Wadee’ Calm, Peaceful Waahid Single, Exclusively, Unequalled
Wafeeq Successful Waa’il Coming back (for shelter)
Wajeeh Noble Waleed Newborn child
Waliyullah Supporter of God Waliyudeen Supporter of the Faith
Waseem Graceful, Good looking Yahyaa A Prophet’s name
Yaman Proper name Yasaar Ease, Wealth
Yaaseen One of the Prophet Muhammad’s names Yasir Wealthy
Yazeed To increase, Grow, Enhance Yoonus A Prophet’s name
Yoosuf A Prophet’s name Zaafir Victorious
Zaahid Abstemious, Ascetic Zakariya A Prophet’s name
Zakiy Pure Zayd Superabundance
Ziyad Superabundance Zuhayr Bright
Zaahir Bright, Shining  

 

List of Female Muslim Names and their Meanings

Name

Meaning

Name

Meaning

Abeer Fragrance Ablaa Perfectly formed
Aadab Hope and need Adeela Equal
Afaf Chastity Afraa White
Afrah Happiness Ahlam Witty; one who has pleasant dreams; imaginative
Ahd Pledge; Knowledge Aida Visiting; Returning
Aisha Living; Prosperous; Wife of Prophet Muhammad Aalia Exalted; Highest social standing
Alia Exalted; Highest social standing Almas Diamond
Aamaal Hopes; Aspirations Amal Hope; Aspiration
Amani Wishes; Aspirations Amatullah Female servant of Allah
Ameena Trustworthy; Faithful Ameera Leader; Princess
Anaan Clouds Anbar Perfume; Ambergris
Aneesa Friendly; of good company Anwaar Rays of light
Areebah Witty and smart Areej Pleasant smell
Aroob (Woman) Loving to her husband Arwa Female mountain goat
Asiya One who tends to the weak and heals them Asah Plant known for its greenness
Asalah Purity Aseelah One belonging to a great heritage and family
Asma Daughter of Abu Bakr Aasmaa Excellent; Precious
Ayeh Sign; distinct Azhaar Flowers; Blossoms
Azeeza Esteemed; Precious; Cherished Azza Young female gazelle
Badriya Resembling full moon Baheera Dazzling; Brilliant
Bahiyaa Beautiful; Radiant Balqis The name of the Queen of Sheba
Banan Finger tips Baraa’a Excelling
Baasima Smiling Baseema Smiling
Basheera Bringer of good tidings Basma A smile
Batool Ascetic virgin Bushra Good omen
Buthayna Of beautiful and tender body Dhuha Forenoon
Faiza Victorious; Winner Fadheela Virtue
Fadwa Name derived from self-sacrifice Falak Star
Fareeda Unique Fareeha Happy; Joyful
Firyal Name Fatima Name of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Literally: accustom)
Faatin Captivating Faatina Captivating
Fawziya Successful; Victorious Firdoos Paradise
Ghaada Beautiful Ghaaliya Fragrant
Ghaydaa Young and delicate Ghusoon Branches (tree)
Haadiya Guide to righteousness Hadiya Gift
Hameeda Praiseworthy Hana Happiness
Hanan Mercy Haala Aureole
Haleema Gentle; Patient Haneefa True believer
Haniya Pleased; Happy Hasna Beautiful
Hayaam Deliriously in love Hayat Life
Haifa Slender; of beautiful body Hessa Destiny
Hind Proper name Huda Right guidance
Huma A bird which lives in a quiet area and whenever it flies to the city it fills the people with joy Hooriya Angel
Husn Beauty Ibtihaaj Joy
Ikraam Honor; Hospitality; Generosity Ilhaam Intuition
Iman Faith; Belief Imtithal (Polite) Obedience
Inaam Act of kindness; Benefaction; Bestowal Inas Sociability
Inaya Concern; Solicitude Intisaar Triumph
Izdihaar Flourishing; Blossoming Jala Clarity; Elucidation
Jameela Beautiful Janaan Heart or soul
Jumaana Silver pearl Kaamla Perfect
Kameela Most perfect Kareema Generous; Noble
Kawkab Satellite Kawthar River in Paradise
Khadeeja Name of Prophet Muhammad’s wife Khalida Immortal
Khawlah Proper name Khairiya Charitable; Good
Khulood Immortality Kouther River in Jannah (paradise)
Kulthoom Daughter of the prophet Mohammed peace be upon him Lamees Soft to the touch
Lamya Dark-lipped Lateefa Gentle; Kind
Leena Tender Lubaaba The innermost essence
Lama Darkness of lips Madeeha Praiseworthy
Maha Gazelle Maisa Walking with proud swinging gait
Majida Glorious Majeeda Glorious
Makaarim Of good and honorable character Malak Angel
Manaar Guiding light (lighthouse) Maraam Aspiration
Maryam Name of Mother of Jesus Manaal Attainment; Achievement
Mawiya Old Arabic name May Old Arabic name
Maimoona Auspicious; Blessed Maysaa To walk with a swinging gait
Maysoon Of beautiful face and body Mayyada To walk with a swinging gait
Mufeeda Useful Muhja Heart’s blood; Soul
Muna Wish; Desire Muneera Illuminating; Shedding light
Musheera Giving counsel Nabeeha Intelligent
Nabeela Noble Nada Generosity; Dew
Nadia The begining, first Nadira Rare, Precious
Nadeeda Equal (to another person); Rival Nadwa Council
Nafeesa Precious thing Naila Acquirer; Obtainer
Naeema Living a soft, enjoyable life Najaah Success
Najeeba Of noble birth Najiya Safe
Najat Safety Najwa Confidential talk; Secret conversation
Najla Of wide eyes Najya Victorious
Nashida Student Nashita Energetic and full of life
Nasiha One who gives valuable advice Nasira Victorious, helper
Nawal Gift Nawar Flower
Nazaaha Purity; Righteousness; Honesty Nazeeha Honest
Nazeeya Optimistic and full of hope Nazeera Like; Equal; Matching
Nibaal Arrows Naeema Blessing; Loan
Nesayem Flower Nida Call
Nimaat Blessings; Loans Nudhar Gold
Nuha Intelligence; Mind Nahla A drink (of water)
Noor Light Nouf Highest point on a mountain
Nusayba Proper name Nuzha Pleasure trip; Excursion spot
Rabab White cloud Rabeea Garden
Radhiyaa Content; Satisfied Radhwa Name of mountain in Medina
Raghd Pleasant Raaida Leader
Raja Hope Rana To gaze; Look
Rafa Happiness; Prosperity Rand Tree of good scent
Raniya Gazing Rasha Young gazelle
Rasheeda Wise; Mature Rawdha Garden
Raawiya Transmitter (of ancient Arabic poetry) Raya Sated with drink
Reem Gazelle Reema White antelope
Rukan Steady; Confident Ruqaya Name of the Prophet’s daughter
Ruwayda Walking gently Saabira Patient
Safa Clarity; Purity; Serenity Safiya Untroubled; Serene; Pure; Best friend
Sahar Dawn Sahla Smooth; Soft (ground); Fluent; Flowing (style)
Sakeena God-inspired peace of mind; Tranquility Saaliha Good; Useful
Saleema Safe; Healthy Saalima Safe; Healthy
Salma Peaceful Salwa Quail; Solace
Samaah Generosity Samar Evening conversations
Sameeha Generous Sameera Entertaining companion (woman)
Saamiya Elevated; Lofty Sana Resplendence; Brilliance
Sawda Proper name Sawsan Lily of the valley
Shatha Aromatic Shaadiya Singer
Shareefa Noble Sihaam Arrows
Suha Name of a star Suhayla Smooth; Soft (ground); Fluent; Flowing (style)
Suhayma Small arrow Suhair Proper name
Sumaiyaa Proper name Taahira Pure; Chaste
Taroob Merry Thanaa Thankfulness
Tharaa Wealth Thuraya Star
Tamadhur Proper name Wafa Faithfulness
Wafeeqa Successful Wafiya Loyal; Faithful
Wajeeha Eminent; Distinguished Warda Rose
Widad Love; Friendship Wijdan Ecstasy; Sentiment
Wisaal Communion in love Yasmeen Jasmine
Yasirah Lenient Yafiah High
Yakootah Emerald Yamha Dove
Yumn Good fortune; Success Yusraa Proper name
Zaafira Victorious; Successful Zahira Shining; Luminous
Zahraa White Zahrah Flower; Beauty; Star
Zakiyaa Pure Zainab Name of Prophet’s daughter
Zaina Beautiful

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