The Best Muslim Baby Names for Boys & Girls

In Islam, the Holy Prophet said, ‘It is the responsibility of every father to choose a good name for his child’ (Wasail al-shiah, v2, p. 618). Because of this, when naming their children Muslim parents take great care in choosing the best name. It’s important to consider the meaning behind the name, the history, your family, and your own personal preferences. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 30 of the best Muslim baby names for parents to consider when naming their child.

Top 25 Muslim baby names for girls

Aaisha

The name of The Prophet Muhammed’s third wife, Aaisha means ‘prosperous’ or ‘lively’.

Aaliyah

Means ‘high’ or ‘sublime’. Became popular in the 1990’s thanks to the musician of the same name.

Aziza

Means ‘beloved’, ‘precious’, or ‘mighty’.

Badia

Means ‘unique’. It’s also a popular name used in Spain and Italy for someone living close to an abbey.

Capella

A name with a musical note to it, but also means ‘little goat’ in Latin.

Daisha

Means ‘alive’.

Fareeda

A name of Arabic origin and means ‘unique’, or ‘precious’.

Fatima

Fatima was the daughter of The Prophet Muhammad, and was a ‘perfect woman’. It means ‘abstain’ or ‘motherly’.

Hadiya

An alternative to ‘Hadia’ or ‘Hadiyah’, it means ‘guide’, ‘leader’, or ‘righteousness’.

Huda

Mainly a girl’s name but can also be gender-neutral, it means ‘right guidance’.

Humaira

A name of Arabic origin that means ‘the colour red’, and red is the colour associated with ‘passion’ and ‘love’.

Jaide

An alternate spelling of the name ‘Jade’. Jade is a beautiful precious stone.

Khadija

The name of The Prophet Muhammad’s first wife, it means ‘trustworthy’ and ‘respected’.

Lila

An Arabic name, Lila means ‘purple’ in German, but also ‘night’, ‘darkness’ and ‘beauty’.

Maleeka

Means ‘queen’ or ‘owner’.

Nylah

An alternative to the spellings ‘Nyla’ or ‘Nila’. It means ‘achiever’ or ‘champion’.

Omaira

Another name that means ‘red’, but also ‘long life’.

Qadira

Like ‘quad’, meaning four. Four is also Qadira’s lucky number and means ‘capable’.

Rima

Means ‘antelope’.

Sahara

Also the name of a famous desert, Sahara means ‘just before dawn’.

Salimah

Means ‘safe’.

Yanha

An Arabic name that means ‘thank you’ or ‘dove-like’.

Yasmin

An alternative to the name ‘Jasmine’, which is a well-known fragrant flower. It means ‘gift from God’.

Zahirah

Can also be spelt ‘Zahira’, it means ‘brilliant’ or ‘shining’.

Zainab

Can be spelt numerous ways including ‘Zaynab’, ‘Zeinab’ or ‘Zineb’. It means ‘a fragrant flower’, and was the name of two of The Prophet Muhammad’s wives.

25 Muslim baby names for boys

Abbas

Meaning ‘stern’ and ‘lion’. Abbas was also the name of an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, the ancestor of the Abbasid dynasty.

Atif

The one who is sympathetic. It can also mean ‘the kind one’.

Abdullah

An Arabic name meaning ‘servant of God’ or ‘God’s follower’.

Basheer

Can also be used as a surname. And means ‘messenger of good news’.

Basim

Can also be used as a surname. And means ‘messenger of good news’.

Dafiq

Has a few meanings, such as ‘jubilant’, ‘buoyant’ or ‘active’.

Fahad

Means ‘panter’ or ‘leopard’.

Faisal

An Arabic name meaning ‘the arbitrator or separator between good and evil’ or ‘a decisive ruler’.

Hasan

Has a couple of meanings. One is to be ‘beautiful’ or ‘good’. The name is popular among Sunni Muslims as well as Shiites.

Habib

An Arabic name meaning ‘beloved by all’. It’s also used by Muslims and Jews.

Ifran

It can mean ‘one with knowledge’ or ‘one with an identity’.

Imran

Means an ‘exalted nation’ or ‘strength of Allah’.

Jihad

An old Arabic name meaning ‘effort’.

Junaid

A ‘soldier’ or ‘warrior’.

Kamil

An Arabic name meaning ‘perfect’ or ‘perfection’.

Mahmud

A popular boy name meaning ‘praised’, ‘commendable’ or ‘praiseworthy’. With Arabic origins. means praised

Mohsin

Means being a ‘helper’ and a ‘humanitarian’.

Omar

A popular name meaning ‘long-lived’ or ‘flourishing’.

Rashid

Has various meanings such as ‘wise’, ‘judicious’, ‘rightly guided’ or ‘right-minded’.

Sander

Meaning a ‘pleasant companion’ and ‘a good friend’.

Umar

A name meaning ‘prospering life’ and ‘long-lived’.

Waleed

A newborn child.

Zahid

Meaning one being devoted to God.

Zaheer

An Arabic name meaning ‘the bright one’!

Zayan

 A ‘beautifier’ and one who makes things beautiful.

Top ten common Muslim boys and girls names (some can be gender-neutral) used in the Quran with meanings

Boys:

  • 248 mentions – Haq, means ‘truth’
  • 176 mentions – Khayr, means ‘good’
  • 166 mentions – Sabeel, means ‘way’
  • 161 mentions – Aleem, means ‘expert’
  • 145 mentions – Mouminin, means ‘believer’

Girls:

  • 295 mentions – Aayat, means ‘messages’
  • 190 mentions – Samawat, means ‘heavens’
  • 120 mentions – Samaa, means ‘sky’
  • 119 mentions – Mubin, means ‘clear’
  • 115 mentions – Dunya, means ‘closest one’

We hope you have found the perfect name for your bouncing newborn baby! If you haven’t, then check out our other baby name blogs for some inspo! We’ve got plenty! 🤱

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