Origin: Arabic كريم Карим
Meaning: “noble; generous.”
The name comes directly from the Arabic word for, “noble; generous.” In Islam, Karim is one of the 99 designations of Allah and is used to describe the Qu’ran (Al-Qur’an Al-Karim), literally meaning “the Noble Qu’ran.”
The name is used throughout the Islamic world, but is also used among Middle Eastern Christians.
The name has been occasionally used in Latin America, in Brazil, it seems to be a Portugized spelling for the Scandinavian female name Karin, but in this case it is pronounced (kah-REEN).
The name has numerous famous bearers.
As of 2009, Karim was the 260th most popular male name in France.
Other forms of the name include:
It is sometimes transliterated as Kareem. Feminine forms are Karima, Kerime (Turkish) or Kareema.