Hafsa

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic حفصة
Meaning: “lioness.”

The name is borne by the daughter of Umar and a wife of the Prophet Mohammed. She is considered one of the Mothers of Believers.

It was also borne by Hafsa Hatun Sultan (1479-1534), Ottoman Sultan Selim I’s wife and the mother of Süleyman the Magnificent.

As of 2009, Hafsa was the 431st most popular female name in France, while in 2010, she was the 432nd most popular female name in the Netherlands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Hafza (Albanian/Bosnian/Turkish)
  • Hafsat (East African)
  • Hafize (Turkish)