Farah

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic
Meaning: “joy”
فرح
Per (fah-RAH); Eng (FAIR-uh)

The name is of Arabic origins but is very popular in Iran and Afghanistan. It is borne by former Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi (b. 1938-). She was the first empress to be crowned in Iran since the Arab invasion in the 7th century.

The name was also borne by actress Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), who claimes that her mother made up the name because it sounded good with her surname.

Currently, Farrah does not rank in the U.S. top 1000, but back in 1977, she was the 177th most popular female name in the United States, which may have been due to current popularity of actress Farrah Fawcett, and also the constant coverage of the Iranian queen of the same name.

As of 2010, Farah was the 56th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 157 (France, 2009)
  • # 244 (Netherlands, 2010)

The name is used throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

Other forms of the name include, the Azeri: Fereh and Farakh.

Farahild

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Frankish/Germanic
Meaning: “family battle”
English: (FAIR-uh-HILD); German: (fah-rah-HILT)

The name is derived from the Germanic fara meaning “family, lineage, kind” and the element hild meaning “battle.” Hence “family battle.”

The name was born by Farahild of Neustria, Belgium (593-684), wife of Wandregisi, the mother of St. Amalberga.

There is a Dutch and German alternative of Farahilde. There is also the modern Dutch contraction of Veerle (FAIR-leh).

The advantage of this name is its possible nickname option of Fara.