Kahina


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic/Berber
Meaning: “soothsayer.”
Ber/Arab (kah-HEE-nah); Fre (kah-EE-nah)

The name is derived from the Arabic al-Kāhinatmeaning (the soothsayer), a nickname used by Muslim opponents for the Berber Warrior Queen, Dihya.

Dihya or Kahina is a symbol of Berber nationalism, she was a 7th-century Berber woman who led a rebellion against Islamic expansionism in North Africa. Though she was eventually defeated, her nickname Kahina has stuck over the centuries, and parents of Berber extraction have bestowed it upon their daughters in her honour. She gained the nickname al-Kāhinat as it was rumored that she was a prophetess.

As of 2009, Kahina was the 422nd most popular female name in France. The franconized form of Kaïna comes in as the 473rd most popular female name in France.

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