Origin: Arabic إيمان Иман
The name comes directly from the Arabic word for faith.
The name is used throughout the Islamic world and as of 2010, it was the 30th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).
Its North African form of Imane is currently the 80th most popular female name in Belgium, (2009), the 163rd most popular in France, (2009) and the 411th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).
Iman was brought to attention in the Western World by Somali-born model, Iman (b.1955)
The name is also borne by two Jordanian princesses and Persian Princess Iman Pahlavi, daughter of Reza Pahlavi, the deposed Crown Prince of Iran.
Other forms include:
- Imane (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
- İman (Azeri/Turkish)
- Îmân (Kurdish)
- Imaan (Somali)
- Imani (Swahili)