Prepare to Fall in Love With These Arabic Baby Names

Updated 07/03/19

If you don't have a family name that you want to bestow upon your baby, then you may 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 that bill. 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. 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.

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AMIR

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 is actually given as a name to royalty in Arabic countries, including leaders of provinces and caliphs. Actor Omar Epps bestowed this name upon his son.

SALMA

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 more fashionable with the rise in popularity of Mexican actress Salma Hayek.

ANWAR

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 bet that there's going to be a surge again relatively soon (the Hadid factor is real).

LAILA

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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ZANDER

We've seen the name Alexander shortened to "Xander", so why not keep things simple and give your child this title but with a "Z?" In English, the name translates to "smart, intelligent, compassionate."

HANA

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 daughters the name Laila.)

JAMAL

This is a popular Arabic baby name for good reason: it translates to "handsome." 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 Empire. And if you watch the show, then you also know that this name makes for a great nickname: "Mal".

IMAN

The reason you've heard this title before is because the famous Somali-American supermodel goes by it, though 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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NADIR

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."

SHAKIRA

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."

Given their beauty and background, these Arabic baby names are definitely worth your consideration.

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