Gender: Female Pronunciation: shuh-HERR-ah-zahd Meaning of Scheherazade: "world-freer" Origin of Scheherazade: Literary name,"world-freer"

Scheherazade Origin and Meaning

The name Scheherazade is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "world-freer".

Scheherazade is a legendary Arabic queen immortalized as the narrator of all one thousand stories in the One Thousand and One Nights. Her story is even more remarkable than the tales she tells.

Each day the king marries a new woman and then beheads her in the morning. Scheherazade volunteers to marry the King. She relates a gripping story and times it so that as dawn approaches, the King is left with a cliffhanger. Eager to hear the end of the story, the King spares her life. The next night, Scheherazade finishes the tale and begins a new one, again ending the night with a cliffhanger. And so on. After 1001 nights (and 1000 stories) Scheherazade tells the King she has no more stories. However, by this time the King has fallen in love with Scheherazade and makes her his Queen.

Scheherazade is a long and weighty name, but on the right girl or woman it would be an unusual and wonderful choice.

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letmein Says:


WORST NAME EVER!!! It's just way too long! I HATE it!

Mhill46 Says:


I absolutely adore this name. Very beautiful! I love the story and though it would be a bit difficult to pull off, I think it would be stunning on the right person.

eveyalecia Says:


I knew a Scheherazade who wore her name very well.

Lena_Aline Says:


How about Hera or Zade?

Es Ro Says:


Zadie is the one most frequently used.

berry_chick Says:


I'm not even sure how exactly to pronounce it. Like the meaning though. What's the story behind the name?

Catastroffy Says:


I actually know a little girl called Scheherezade.

helenlouise Says:


Looks like an energy drink..

alyssum Says:


I could see someone going with Harry, Hera, Sherry, or Shay. Assuming that they thought their kid could get away with this name in the first place, which probably isn't going to happen. It's sad. She'd be an amazing namesake.

vintageisfave Says:


This is ok, but it's too long...and there are no nicknames for it.

DrVlasic Says:


I couldn't agree more!

Chrisco Says:


This is such a beautiful name. Sadly, it would be hard to pull off.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


A lovely story but maybe not such a good name... It'll have to go on the list of names I like but could never use

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't know if I would ever be able to spell this one off of memory. But I really love the story behind it!

Zelliew Says:


I hope the child is a gifted speller to master this name

Marlz81 Says:


Can't get my tongue around this one.