Origin: Arabic سكينة Сакина
Meaning: “calm; peace; tranquility.”
The term sakina is derived from the Arabic, sukun, meaning, (calm; tranquility; serenity; peace of mind). The term appears in the Qu’ran as the name of an attribute that fell upon Mohammed and his followers from Allah when they entered Mecca unarmed.
Sakina shares the same etymological root with the Hebrew abstract feminine noun, shekinah שכינה, which means “dwelling; settling” but in Judaism is used to describe the presence of God in the world.
In Arabic Sakina appears in various forms such as Sukina and Sukayna.
The name was borne by the daughter of Hussein and the great-granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, Sukayna bint Hussein. She is revered as a great saint among Shi’a Muslims, known in her life time for her devotion, piety and charity, she was the favorite daughter of Hussein.
As of 2010, Sakina was the 444th most popular female name in France while its Maghrebin form of Soukaina came in lower at # 487.
Other forms of the name include:
- Soukaina (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
- Sukaina/Sukayna (Arabic)
- Sukina (Arabic)