The name comes from the name of a city in Saudi Arabia known fully as المدينة المنورة, al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah, “the radiant city.”
It is considered the second holiest city in Islam and is the burial place of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. As a result, the name has been used as a feminine name throughout the Islamic world.
Currently, Madinah (Kazakh) is the 7th most popular female name in Kazakhstan, (2010) while Medina is the 17th most popular in Turkey (2010) and Medina is the 42nd most popular in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Medina (Albanian/Bosnian)
- Madinah Мадинах (Arabic/Kazakh/Indonesian/Iranian/Javanese/Urdu)
- Mədinə Мәдинә (Azeri/Kyrgyz/Tatar/Tajik/Turkmen)
- Madina Мадина (Chechen)
- Medîne (Kurdish)
- Medine Медине (Turkish/Uzbek)