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Gender: Male Meaning of Muhammad: "praiseworthy" Origin of Muhammad: Arabic Muhammad's Popularity in 2018: #345

The name Muhammad is a boy's name of Arabic origin meaning "praiseworthy". Muhammad is ranked #345 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Capricorn Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

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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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Wolfgang Says:


This is the original, yes.

There are variants, based of the same root word.

"Ahmed" for example comes from the same root.

"HMD" is the Arabic root for "praise".

I am not fluent in Arabic, as I am German and not Muslim, but I thought the name meant "The One Who Praises", not "Praiseworthy"?

I am deducing this from the "mu" prefix.

Any native Arabic speakers?

pam Says:


Thank you for this. So interesting!

KassemJ Says:


It's pronounced "moo-HAHM-mahd" in Standard Arabic ("ah" sound like in T"o"m), so this is the most accurate transcription of that. But pronunciation differs by language and even by dialect. Egyptian Arabic pronounces it "Mah-HAM-mad", Iranians pronounce it "mo-ham-mad" ("a" sound in "bat") and Pakistanis/Indians pronounce it "Muw-HAHM-mid" ("uw" sound like in "Br"oo"k)

clairels Says:


I don't think there is any original, because it's a transliteration of Arabic. This one may be the most commonly used in English, though.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This name has so many spellings; is this the original?