Okay, We're in Love With These Arabic Baby Names

Updated 05/01/19

If you don't have a family name you want to bestow upon your little one on the way, then you definitely still want to give them a moniker that means something (to you, to others, and one day, to them). Although all titles have a meaning of sorts, some go back further and are rooted in history; Arabic baby names fit into that category. And in case you were wondering, Arabic baby names come from the 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa that form the Arab League.
The language comes from the Semitic family, of which Hebrew, Aramaic, and Phoenician also belong.

This helps put things into perspective since as we mentioned, the Arab language goes back—way back. In fact, it's rumored to have originated in the second millennium B.C. and is actually interwoven into both the Muslim and Christian religions. Needless to say, these names have heart and are particularly unique over here in the States. So go on, keep reading to see our absolute favorite Arabic baby names we (strongly) hope you consider.

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This moniker means "king, ruler" in Arabic, so it's ideal if you're looking for a regal title for your little one. Fun fact: It actually is given as a name to royalty in Arabic countries, including leaders of provinces and caliphs. Actor Omar Epps bestowed this name upon his son.


This name has a serious ring to it. It comes from the Arabic word "salima," which translates to "to be safe" or "to be unharmed." The moniker has become seriously more fashionable with the rise in popularity of Mexican actress Salma Hayek.


Ring a bell? This sweet name was given to Bella and Gigi Hadid's model brother. It translates to "brighter, clearer." Although the name peaked in popularity in the 1980s, we're going to make a bet that there's going to be a surge again relatively soon (after all, the Hadid factor is real).


If you're searching for a title with tons of flair, then look no further. Laila comes from an Arabic word that translates to "night, holy." Fun fact: Members of the indigenous Sami tribe in Finland use this moniker instead of the Scandinavian name Helga.

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We've seen the name Alexander shortened to "Xander" and like that, so why not just go all in and give your child the title but with a "Z?" In English, the Arabic baby name translates to "smart, intelligent, compassionate." An adorable name that puts your child on a pedestal? Check, check, and check.


The name Hana comes from an Arabic word meaning "bliss." Former boxer Muhammad Ali liked the title so much that he gave one of his daughters this name. (Worth noting: He gave another one of his other daughters the name Laila.) If you were wondering, it's pronounced the same way as Hannah.


This is a popular Arabic baby name for good reason: it translates to "handsome." As you likely know, this name is more popular in the States than most of the other names on the list—it's even the name of Jussie Smollett's character on the popular show Empire. And if you watch the show, then you also know that this name makes for a great nickname: "Mal" (pronounced like the word for shopping center).


The reason you've heard this title before is because the famous Somali-American supermodel goes by this one name (she was actually born "Zara"). It comes from an Arabic word meaning "faith" or "true believer." Like Jamal, it's also popular in the States. In fact, it's one of the most popular Arabic names in the U.S.

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This name goes back in history—one of the most well-known people with this title was Nādir Shāh, a powerful Iranian ruler from the 1700s. The strong moniker translates from an Arabic word, meaning "rare, precious."


How could we not include the name of the famous Colombian singer? In English, the Arabic name translates to "grateful" or "woman of grace." A fitting and popular nickname for this title is "Kira."

These Arabic baby names packed with tons of meaning are without a doubt worth considering for your tiny one. 

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