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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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Top Arabic Names

  • Layla

    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... Read More 

  • Aaliyah

    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... Read More 

  • Xavier

    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,... Read More 

  • Lyla

    Lyla is a fast-rising variation of Lila. Although the Lyla spelling helps clarify the name's pronunciation, we prefer the original Lila. Laila, Layla, and Leila are all further variations on the... Read More 

  • Kayla

    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.... Read More 

  • Amir

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

  • Laila

    Exotic 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... Read More 

  • Lila

    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... Read More 

  • Leila

    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... Read More 

  • Omar

    Omar has a perfect mix of exoticism and familiarity, with the additional plus of a strong, open initial O. Commonly used among Muslim families, Omar was long associated with twelfth century... Read More