Asma

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic أسمى
Meaning: “supreme.”
(AHS-mah)

The name comes directly from the Arabic, أشد (asma), meaning, “supreme.”

The name is of pre-Islamic origins and was borne by a legendary 7th-century female poetess, Asma bint Marwan. According to legend, she tried to incite the populous of Medina to rebel against the Prophet Mohammed in which she was summarily killed by the Prophet. Her existence and story has been questioned and debated by scholars.

Another notable bearers include Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria (b.1975). Its Turkish form of Esma was borne by two Turkish sultanas.

As of 2010, Esma was the 18th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Other Bosnian forms include: Esmana, Esmina and Esminka.

Amram

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Biblical Hebrew  עַמְרָם
Meaning: “exalted one.”

The name is found in the Old Testament as the name of the husband of Jochebed and the father of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. In the Qu’ran, the name appears in its Arabic form of Imran عمران as the name of both the father of Moses and the father of the Virgin Mary, (analogous to the Catholic Joachim).

As of 2010, Imran was the 17th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 243 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 365 (France, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Imram عمرام (Arabic)
  • Ambram Αμβραμ (Greek)
  • ‘Îmran (Kurdish)
A Bosnian feminine form is Amra, which is currently the 27th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

Aladdin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic علاء الدين
Meaning: “glory to religion.”

The name is composed of the Arabic words  علاء (‘ala) “glory, praise; excellence” and  دين (din) “religion.”

The name was borne by several Delhi Sultans, but came was introduced into the Western World via the Middle Eastern folktale as written in 1001 Nights. It is the name of the impoverished Chinese hero who is kidnapped and forced into slavery by an evil and powerful North African sorcerer. The tale recounts the Aladdin’s obtainment of a genie and his eventual rise to prestige.

As of 2010, its Bosnian modified form of Aldin, was the 23rd most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, while its female form of Aldina was the 97th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Other Balkan forms include Aladin and Alaudin.

Adnan

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic  عدنان‎
Meaning: “settler.”
(AHD-nahn)

The name is derived from the Semitic root ‘adn meaning, “to stay; to abide.”

This is the traditional name of the progenitor of the Adnani Arabs, they are believed to be the direct descendants of Ismael and this is the tribe from which the Prophet Mohammed came.

As of 2010, Adnan was the 18th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The name is used throughout the Islamic world.

Bosnian feminine forms include Adna and Adnana.

Iman

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic  إيمان Иман
Meaning: “faith.”
(ee-MAHN)

The name comes directly from the Arabic word for faith.

The name is used throughout the Islamic world and as of 2010, it was the 30th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

Its North African form of Imane is currently the 80th most popular female name in Belgium, (2009), the 163rd most popular in France, (2009) and the 411th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Iman was brought to attention in the Western World by Somali-born model, Iman (b.1955)

The name is also borne by two Jordanian princesses and Persian Princess Iman Pahlavi, daughter of Reza Pahlavi, the deposed Crown Prince of Iran.

Other forms include:

  • Imane (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • İman (Azeri/Turkish)
  • Îmân (Kurdish)
  • Imaan (Somali)
  • Imani (Swahili) 

Omar

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic عمر
Meaning: “populous; flourishing; life.”

or

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Biblical Hebrew
Meaning: “speaker.”

The name can be of multiple origins and meanings, in Arabic, the name is derived from the word, عمر (umr) meaning, “life.”

The name was borne by the second caliphe of the Muslims as well as by a 12th-century Persian poet, Umar Khayyam.

In Hebrew, the name means “speaker” and is found Genesis 36:11 as the name of the son of Eliphaz.

The name may also be possibly related to the Hebrew, Omer, which means “sheaf of wheat” but was also the name of a unit of measuring in ancient times.

Omar is a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries, whether this is a leftover from Moorish occupied Spain or in reference to the Biblical Hebrew character is unknown.

As of 2010, Omar was the 54th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 4 (Arab world (2011) (BabyCenter Arabia members)
  • # 4 (Pakistan)
  • # 6 (Iraq, 2007)
  • # 7 (Israel, Muslim boys, 2009)
  • # 7 (Umar, Malaysia, 2011)
  • # 8 (United Arab Emirates)
  • # 9 (Omer, Israel, Jewish intersex names (given to both boys and girls) 2008)
  • # 77 (Catalonia, 2010)
  • # 87 (Spain, 2010)
  • # 175 (United States, 2010)
  • # 252 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 289 (France, 2009)

Other forms include:

  • Omeri (Albanian)
  • Omer (Amharic/Kurdish)
  • Umar عمر (Arabic)
  • Omar Ома́р (Albanian/Arabic/Bosnian/Chechen/Dagestani/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Persian/Russian/Spanish/Tajik/Tatar/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Ömər (Azeri)
  • Amar (Berber)
  • Úmar (Catalan)
  • Oumar/Oumarou (Sub-Saharan African)
  • Ömer (Turkish)

In France, the designated name-day for Omer is September 9.

Other notable bearers include: Egyptian born actor Omar Sharif (b.1932); Omar al-Bashir (b.1944) the president of Sudan; and American actor, Omar Epps (b. 1973).

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/php/search.php?nmd=n&terms=Omar
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/omar

Amin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic أمين
Meaning: “truthful.”
(AH-MEEN)

The name comes directly from the Arabic word امين (amin) meaning, “truthful.”

al-Amin was an epithet for the Prophet Mohammed and it was also borne by the sixth Abbasid Caliph.

As of 2010, Amin was the 76th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, while in Belgium, his franconized form of Amine was the 93rd most popular male name, (2009). He is the 209th most popular male name in the Netherlands, (2010).

The name is prevalent throughout the Islamic world.

The feminine form is of course, Amina.

Faruq

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic فاروق
Meaning: “one who knows right from wrong.”
(FAH-ROOK)

The name comes from the Arabic epithet for the Muslim leader, Umar.

It was borne by the last king of Egypt, (1920-1965).

Its Balkan form of Faruk is currently the 68th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Faruk (Albanian/Bosnian/Kurdish/Turkish)
  • Farouq (Persian)

Ansar

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic
Meaning: “helpers.”
(AHN-SAHR)

The name is derived from the Arabic plural and Islamic term, al-Ansar (the helpers), which refers to a group of Medinian citizens who helped the Prophet Mohammed settle into the city of Medina.

Its Balkan and Turkish form of Ensar is currently the 33rd most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

The name is used throughout the Islamic world.

Bilal

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic بلال
Meaning: “moistening.”
(bee-LAHL)

The name is derived from the Arabic meaning, “moistening.”

It was borne by the first Muezzin (Caller to Prayer) and a disciple of the Prophet Mohammed. He was an Ethiopian slave who had been emancipated by Mohammed.

As of 2010, Bilal was the 37th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 90 (Catalonia, 2010)
  • # 147 (France, 2009)
  • # 217 (Netherlands, 2010)

The name is used throughout the Islamic world.

Another notable bearer was Bilal Xhaferri (1935–1986), an Albanian poet, novelist and political dissident against the Albanian communist regime.