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Top Arabic Names

The Arabic name Muhammad has risen to become probably the Number 1 baby name in the entire world when all its spellings are counted together. Muhammad is Number 1 in England as well as throughout the Arab world and also ranks among the Top 100 boys’ names in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and Australia.

Along with Muhammad, Arabic boy names in the Top 500 in the US include Amir, Malik, Nasir, Omar, and Xavier. Arabic girl names in the US Top 500 include Aaliyah, Amina, Layla, Fatima, and Zara. In the Arab world, popular baby names include Maryam, Noor, Ahmed, and Ali.

Muslim parents of every nationality often choose Arabic names, so other choices such as Zayn and Zara, Samar and Rashid, Jana and Yousouf are widely used around the world.

The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

Here is our full list of Arabic boy and girl names, but you may also want to browse our individual lists of Arabic names for girls and Arabic names for boys.
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LaylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Leila, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    Layla is derived from the Semitic element layl, meaning "night." It has roots in the Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages. In the Arabic story Qays and Layla, Layla is the subject of the poet’s unrequited love. Among the many alternate spellings are Leila, Laila, Laela, Laelah, Laylah, Leyla, Lejla, and Leighla.

AaliyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aliya, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "heavens, highborn, exalted"
  • Description:

    Aaliyah is the feminine variation of Aali, a masculine Arabic name meaning "high" or "exalted." There are many additional spellings of the name, including Alia, Aliyah, Aleah, and Aleia. In Hebrew, aliyah (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable) means "rising," and refers to Jewish immigration to Israel.

XavierHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "new house"
  • Description:

    Xavier originated is use as a given name after Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. His birthplace was Javier, the name of which was derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, meaning “castle” or “new house.” Many Americans pronounce the initial X, as in ex-ZAY-vee-er, but it's equally accepted to pronounce the name ZAY-vee-er, closer to the French pronunciation.

AmirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic or Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "prince, ruler; treetop"
  • Description:

    A common Middle Eastern name, the general title for an elevated official, it was chosen for his son by actor Omar Epps.

LylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Lila, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    The Lyla spelling variation has now superseded the original Lila — the former remains on the rise while the latter is consistently falling in popularity.
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LeilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    Leila was popularized in the West by the poet Byron, who used it in his poem Don Juan for a ten-year-old Turkish girl. Leila also appears as a fairy in the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera Iolanthe.

ZaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "blooming flower; God remembers"
  • Description:

    Zara has multiple origins, but most notably is a variation of Zahrah, a name derived from the Arabic zahrah, meaning “blooming flower.” Zara can also be a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Zaharina, a feminine form of the Hebrew Zechariah. Today, Zara is heavily associated with the Spanish fast-fashion empire of the same name.

KaylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "laurel, crown"
  • Description:

    Kayla is a modern invented name that emerged in the late 1950s. Despite its similarity to the name Michaela, Kayla most likely began as a combination of the then-popular name Kay and -la suffix. Alternatively, it may be a variation of the Yiddish name Kaila, which derived from the Hebrew name Kelila. Kayla can also be considered an Anglicization of the Gaelic surname MacCaollaidhe or MacCathail.

LailaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Layla (Arabic); Sami variation of Helga (Finland)
  • Meaning:

    "night; holy"
  • Description:

    Beguiling and lovely, Laila is one of the lilting variations of Leila and Layla. It's the name of the former-boxer daughter of Muhammad Ali and of actor Shawn Wayans. In Finland, the Sami people use this in place of the Scandinavian name Helga.

LilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "night; play"
  • Description:

    Lila was derived from the Arabic word laylah, meaning "night." It has separate roots in Sanskrit with the meaning "play." In Hinduism, Lila is a conceptualism of the universe as a playground of the gods. Lilah and Lyla are variant spellings.
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LilahHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Lila
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    Lilah may be a simple spelling variation of Lila—or you might think of it as a shortening of Delilah or an Anglicization of the Hebrew Lilach, which means lilac. Whatever the root, it's a beautiful and stylish name. The final h adds balance or creates needless complications, depending on your viewpoint.

NylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "winner, one who achieves"
  • Description:

    This name of an ancient Egyptian princess could make a fitting choice for a bicoastal child.

OmarHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "flourishing, thriving; eloquent"
  • Description:

    Omar has a perfect mix of unusuality and familiarity, with the added plus of a strong, open initial O. Commonly used among Muslim families, Omar was long associated with twelfth-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam, though it sounds anything but ancient now.

    More recent well-known bearers have been World War II General Omar Bradley and actors Omar Sharif(born Michael) and Omar Epps.

KhalilHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "friend"
  • Description:

    Spelled in various ways, this name was first brought into the American consciousness by the Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet.

MuhammadHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "praiseworthy"
  • Description:

    There are over five hundred names for the Arab prophet who founded the Muslim religion (some of which are listed below), making it the most common boys' name in the world and explaining the Muslim adage, "If you have a hundred sons, name them all Muhammad."
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ZaynHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beauty, grace"
  • Description:

    Zayn zoomed up the popularity charts thanks to former One Direction member Zayn Malik; it was one of the fastest-rising names of 2016. The name can also be spelled Zain; the feminine version is Zayna or Zaina.

AliHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "supreme, exalted"
  • Description:

    This is one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah, deemed by Muhammad to be a recommended name for a male child. In this country, it's been primarily associated with boxing immortal Muhammad Ali, known as "the greatest." But Ali is also one of the most popular unisex names for both boys and girls.

AminaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "trustworthy, faithful"
  • Description:

    The name of the mother of the prophet Muhammad is well used among Muslims everywhere.

FatimaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "captivating, a woman who abstains"
  • Description:

    Even though more than a thousand Muslim-American girls are annually given this name of the daughter of Muhammad and one of the four perfect women according to the Koran, it would have problems crossing cultures.

NasirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "helper"
  • Description:

    Similar to Nasser, with a slightly more altruistic meaning. Rapper Nas was born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, and Nasir may have gotten a bump from 2016 show The Night Of, whose protagonist was named Nasir Kahn.
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MalikHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; Greenlandic
  • Meaning:

    "king; wave"
  • Description:

    A name popular among African-American parents, with many spelling variations, including Malek and Maliq.

NylahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "winner"
  • Description:

    Nylah is the Arabic name of a princess -- Nyla is another variation -- that's rising quickly through the ranks, partly thanks to an adorable kitty that enjoyed 15 minutes of YouTube fame. But we predict this attractive and unusual name will get a longer turn in the sun than the pop-culture cat.

IbrahimHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Abraham
  • Description:

    Well used by Muslim parents in America as well as in the Middle East, the name has been climbing the charts since debuting in the Top 1000 in 1990. For some it may be connected to soccer megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

ZariahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Hebrew, Russian
  • Meaning:

    "flower, God has helped, dawn"
  • Description:

    Zariah has three possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means ‘flower’, the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning ‘God has helped’, or the Russian word Zaria which means ‘sunrise/dawn’. Either way, it's a strong and striking name with a range of lovely meanings.

MaryamHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Arabic, Iranian
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    As Mary falls further out of favor, her variations become more appealing, whether you're honoring an ancestral Mary or Marie or Miriam or simply love the tradition of the name.
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ImaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Another strong Arabic name, related to Iman. Imani one is popular throughout the Muslim world but especially East Africa. It was chosen for her daughter by actress Jasmine Guy.

AishaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "living, prosperous"
  • Description:

    Aisha was Muhammad's favorite wife, making this lovely name and its myriad variations hugely popular among Muslims and also African-Americans. It's been energized by TV personality Aisha Tyler. Pronunciation is usually eye-EE-sha but some say ay-sha.

AmirahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "princess"
  • Description:

    The feminine form of Amir, a soft and regal baby name popular in the Muslim community.

MohamedHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Muhammad
  • Description:

    This variation of the popular Arabic name has now been in the Top 500 for several years. It wasn't even in the Top 1000 before the 1980s.

YusufHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Joseph, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    In the US, Yousef is a less commonly used spelling.
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AliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic feminine form of Ali
  • Meaning:

    "supreme, exalted"
  • Description:

    Alia is most classic and feminine form of Ali, one of the 99 attributes of Allah. The name is used by Christians, Muslims and Jews; the word Aliyah means to make a pilgrimage to Israel and the words in both languages mean sublime, lofty, or exalted. Alia is also the name of the heroine of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic Children of Dune

AleahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic or Persian, "high, exalted; God's being"
  • Meaning:

    "high, exalted; God's being"
  • Description:

    Simple and melodic, this spelling offers an alternative to the more-popular Aliyah or Aaliyah -- the name of the late R&B singer.

ZahraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "flower"
  • Description:

    Abbreviated form of Zahara that was used by Chris Rock for his daughter and as a middle name by both Eddie Murphy and David Bowie. Compared with the even-more-abbreviated Zara, Zahra may create more spelling problems but clarify pronunciation.

RayanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "land that is lush and rich in water"
  • Description:

    Popular Arabic name for boys and sometimes girls too, that's also a term of authority in India.

AhmadHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "greatly praised"
  • Description:

    One of the five hundred plus variations on Muhammad, this is a favorite Muslim choice.
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AhmedHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic "greatly praised"
  • Meaning:

    "greatly praised"
  • Description:

    This variation of Ahmad is one of the most popular Arabic names among Muslim families the world over and is now the most used spelling in the USA.

MariamHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Mary
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    Popular among parents with Arab roots. Also found as Maryam.

MohammedHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "greatly praised"
  • Description:

    This variation of Muhammed is not as popular as some, but it still is a widely used choice.

KareemHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "noble, generous"
  • Description:

    A favorite Muslim name, Kareem first appeared on the US Top 1000 list in 1972 (jumping in at Number 405!), coinciding with the early career of basketball great turned writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lewis Alcindor). It has continued to chart every year since.

SamirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "a friend to talk with in the evening"
  • Description:

    Samir has a pleasing sound and lovely meaning. One of those distinctive names that can also fit right in—and you could always call him Sam.
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YaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "friend, helper"
  • Description:

    The multicultural Yara is also the name of a beautiful green-skinned Brazilian goddess and might make a more unusual spin on Mara or Sara.

HamzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "lion or strong"
  • Description:

    Hamza was the legendary uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, hero of The Hamzanama, the Story of Hamza.

AmaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Imani, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Popular with Muslim and African-American parents, this virtue name also fits in with the trendy i ending names being seen at the moment. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 1996.

JamirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; African American
  • Description:

    Jamir is a modern invention, based on traditional Arabic names like Jamal and Amir.

RominaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "from the land of the Christians"
  • Description:

    This pretty name found in Spanish-speaking countries shares the diminutive of Romy—also spelled Romi—with Rosemary. It joined the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2015.
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ZariyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "scattering wind"
  • Description:

    Zariyah has several possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means "flower" or Zariya "scattering wind"; the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning "God has helped"; or the Russian word Zaria which means "sunrise, dawn."

MusaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Turkish, and Persian form of Moses
  • Description:

    Moses has always been a widely used name in the US, and this international version debuted in the Top 1000 in 2015. Its concise two-syllable sound could help it continue climbing.

ZaydHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "increase, growth"
  • Description:

    Zayd (or its most common variant Zaid), an old and still well used Arabic name, was a slave whom Muhammad adopted as his son.

AbdullahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "servant of Allah"
  • Description:

    Another Islamic favorite, the father of the Prophet Muhammad.

HassanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Hassan is among the more familiar Arabic choices, and also one with an attractive meaning. It has appeared in the US Top 1000 every year since 1971.
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