Muslim Baby Name Books

For Ideas About Names, Their Meanings, and Their Spellings in English

One of the first duties a Muslim parent has is choosing a name for the newborn child. Muslims must choose a name that has a righteous meaning, that will befit and bring blessings to the child throughout his or her life. Whether you are looking for a "traditional" or "modern" Islamic name, these resources will help give you ideas about names, their meanings, and their spellings in English.

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"A Treasury of Favorite Muslim Names," by Ahmed Abdul Hakeem

"A Treasury of Favorite Muslim Names," by Ahmed Abdul Hakeem

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An invaluable collection of over 2,000 Muslim names chosen from the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages. Each listing gives the original spelling, the meaning, and possible English spellings of each name. A 55-page introductory section gives details about birth customs and naming conventions in Islam.​​

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"Digest of Muslim Names," by Fatimah Suzanne Al-Ja'fari

"Digest of Muslim Names," by Fatimah Suzanne Al-Ja'fari

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Another wonderful reference book for the most common Muslim names, including correct English and Arabic spellings, a guide to pronunciation, and meanings.

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"A Dictionary of Muslim Names," by Salahuddin Ahmed

"A Dictionary of Muslim Names," by Salahuddin Ahmed

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This informative dictionary provides the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling of Muslim names, their meanings, and a listing of historical figures bearing the name. While the listings are exhaustive, not all names are Islamically appropriate; one must screen them carefully.

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"African Muslim Names," by Sharifa M. Zawawi

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A look at Muslim names from the African continent, primarily from the Hausa-Fulani and Kiswahili languages. Includes information about how given names are chosen in African societies.