- Origin: Arabic ضحى
- Meaning: “forenoon.”
- Gender: unisex
The name comes directly from the Arabic word for forenoon or late morning. In Islam, it is used in reference to Salat ad-Duha صَلَاة الضحى, a voluntary prayer that is said between Fajr and Dhuhr and is used mainly for the atonement of sins.
It is also the name of the 93rd chapter in the Qu’ran, al-Ḍuḥā الضحى, (the Morning).
As a given-name, it is traditionally unisex, but has been more often bestowed on females.
Other forms include:
- Duha Духа (Albanian, Arabic (standard), Bashkir, Bosnian, Chechen, Kazakh, Kurdish, Turkish)
- Zuha ज़ुहा (Azeri, Hindi)
- Doha, Dohaa للال چاشت (Bengali, Urdu)
- Dhuha (Javanese, Malaysian)
- Zoha ضحی (Persian)
- Zuho Зуҳо (Tajik, Uzbek)