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Arabic Baby Names: Beautiful and Exotic

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Are you looking for an Arabic name for your baby boy or girl? Baby names in the Muslim world are beautiful and exotic, and many are deeply religious. From older names that have nature, occupational or characteristic meanings to names that are Islamic in origin, you are sure to find the perfect name and its meaning right here!

Arabic babyArabic names generally come in two versions -- pre-Islamic and post-Islamic. Pre-Islamic names are generally names that come from vocabulary words for nature, or are occupational names. Also used are names that deal with or reminds us of personal characteristics.

Post-Islamic names are influenced by Islam and the 99 attributes of Allah (as listed in the Quar'an) are among them. Also popular are versions of Muhammad (there are around 500 variants of that name alone) and the names of his friends and family members. Muhammad is by far the most popular name. One common prefix used is Abd-al, which means "servant of."

Most Arabic names consist of actual Arabic words, whether they are religious-based or not. This means that you also have the option to create your own Arabic name, which is unique and exciting!

Arabic Baby Names for Boys

'Abbas: This name comes from the word 'abbas which means "to look sternly at, and is another word for lion.

'Abd-al-Fattah: Meaning "servant of the opener," this name is comprised of an attribute of Allah (the Opener).

'Abd-al-Jabir: This is a popular name and means "servant of the Comforter."

Amin: This name comes from the Arabic word amin, which means "honest, honorable."

Amir: The Arabic word amir means "prince."

Baha: This name means "magnificence" and comes from the word baha.

Dawud: This is the Arabic version of the Hebrew name David.

Fahd: This name comes from the word fadh which means "panther, leopard."

Fahim: This name means "intelligent" and is from the Arabic word fahim.

Hanif: This name comes from the word hanif which means "true believer of Islam."

Hashim: This name means "destroying, crushing" and was the name of a great-grandfather of Muhammad.

Ibrahim: This is the Arabic version of the Hebrew name Abraham.

Ja'far: This name comes from the word ja'far and means "stream."

Mas'ud: This name comes from the Arabic word mas'ud and means "lucky, fortunate."

Mustafa: This name is from the word mustafa which means "chosen."

Riyad: This name comes from the Arabic word riyad which means "gardens."

Salim: This is a popular name and comes from the word meaning "secure."

Tariq: Another popular name, this name comes from the Arabic word meaning "one who knocks at the door."

Check our list of Muslim baby boy names here.

Arabic Baby Names for Girls

'Alya: This name comes from 'alya which means "loftiness."

Amira: This is the feminine version of the name Amir, which means "prince."

'Asima: This name comes from the word 'asim, which means "protector."

Asma': This is a popular name that means "prestige" and is from the Arabic word asma'.

Bahira: Thsi name comes from the word bahira which means "dazzling."

Dima: This is another popular name that means "downpour."

Fatima: This is a very popular name that comes from the Arabic word fatima, which means "she who weans a baby." This was the name of a daughter of Muhammad.

Fayza: This name comes from the Arabic word fa'iz, which means "victor."

Hajar: This name comes from the Arabic word hajara, which means "to forsake." Hajar is considered to be the mother of the Arabs.

Hasna: This is an older name and comes from an Aramaic word chasna, meaning "strong."

Jamila: This popular name comes from the word jamil which means "beautiful."

Karima: This name is derived from the word karim, which means "generous."

Madiha: This name means "praise" and is from the Arabic word madih.

Na'ima: Meaning "contented, happy," this name comes from the word na'im.

Raja': This popular name comes from the Arabic word raja' and means "anticipation, hope."

Samar: This name comes from the word samar which means "intimate evening conversation."

Taliba: This name means "seeker of knowledge" and is from the word taliba.

Check out our list of Muslim baby girl names here.

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