Muslim Baby Names for Girls

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There are several Muslim baby names for girls with beautiful meanings. Credit: Corbis

Muslim baby names for baby girls can be beautiful, but it's important that parents also consider the meanings behind the names.

The most popular Muslim baby names are Arabic, since this is the language of the Qur'an (Koran), but when selecting Muslim baby names, an honorable meaning is even more important than the language.

In fact, some names are forbidden or highly discouraged for Muslims. Parents are advised to avoid selecting any name with a negative or idolatrous meaning. Additionally, Muslim baby names may not be any of Allah's names and parents are discouraged from naming their child after a tyrant, villain or idolater mentioned in the Qur'an.

For inspiration in selecting Muslim baby names for girls, some expectant parents turn to the Qur'an or to Islamic history. In Islam, there are four women who are recognized as the most righteous (or "perfect") because of their piety. These are Khadijah, Fatima, Maryam and Asiyah.

Khadijah was the first wife of the Prophet Mohammad, and the name means "Mohammad's first wife." Alternative spellings include Khadeeja, Khadeejah, Kadejah, Kadesha, Kadija, Kadisha, Kadiya, Khadijah, Khadiya and Khadyja.

Fatima is one of the most popular Muslim baby names for girls. Fatima was the Prophet Mohammad's favorite daughter. The name means "she who abstains from forbidden things" and "daughter of the Prophet." Alternative spellings include Fatimah.

Maryam, the Arabic form of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur'an and, as a result, Maryam is a popular Muslim baby name. Alternative spellings include Mariam, Miryam and Miriam.

Asiyah is the adoptive mother of Moses and she is mentioned in the Qur'an, but not by name. This Muslim baby name means "one who tends to the weak, one who heals, one who comforts." Alternative spellings include Asiya.

The names of family members and female companions of the Prophet Mohammad are particularly appropriate Muslim baby names for girls. According to Islamic tradition, Aisha was the favorite wife of the Prophet Mohammad. The name Aisha means "she who lives." Alternative spellings include A'ishah, Ayesha, A'isha, Aishah and Ayishah.

Other popular Muslim baby names lack religious significance but, rather, are chosen for their beauty and meaning. These names sound as lovely as their meanings and, as a result, are popular choices for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Muslim parents who want to pick a popular American name that honors their faith and culture often turn to these widely-used and easy-to-pronounce Muslim baby names.

  • Amber is a name of Arabic origin, meaning "jewel."
  • Leila (alternative spellings: Laila, Layla, Lejla or Leyla) means "night." Alternative interpretations are "born at night," "dark beauty" and "dark-haired beauty."
  • Salma (alternative spellings: Salima, Salmah and Selma) is derived from the Arabic word "Salima," which means peace.
  • Farah is a name of Arabic origin that means "joy, happiness and mirth."
  • Yasmin (alternative spellings: Yasmine, Yasmeen or Jasmine) means "Jasmine" in Persian.
More popular Muslim baby names for girls include Noor, which means "light"; Hana, which means "happiness"; Rana, which means "to gaze"; Iman, which means "faith"; Ameera (alternative spellings: Amira, Amirah, Ameerah), which means "princess"; and Wafa, which means "faithfulness."

With so many options, parents seeking the perfect Muslim baby names will have no trouble finding a lovely name with a beautiful meaning for their baby girl.

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