Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic سليم
Meaning: “safe.”

The name is derived from the Arabic word, salima (to be safe). Its Turkish form of Selîm was a very popular choice among the Ottomanian Sultans, being borne by at least three.

The name also seems to have been occasionally used in 18th and 19th-century Britain and America. It was borne by Selim E. Woodworth (1815-1871) a commander of the United States Navy, and British born American pioneer Selim Franklin (1814-1884). It was also borne by Finnish composer Selim Gustav Adolf Palmgren (1878-1951) and one of the most famous Kurdish poets, known simply as Salîm (1800-1866).

Currently, Selîm is the 373rd most popular male name in Germany, (2011) while Salim stands as the 495th most popular male name in France, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Selim (Egyptian/Sudanese/Tunisian)
  • Saleem (Indian/Urdu/Pakistani)
  • Salîm (Kurdish)
  • Selîm (Turkish)
Feminine forms include Salima, Salma and Selima.


Origin: Arabic  أمن
Gender: Feminine
Meaning: “feel safe” or “truthful.”

Depending on its original Arabic script, the name could be of two different meanings and derivatives. If derived from the Arabic word  أمن(Amina) then it means “to feel safe.” In this case, it was borne by the mother of the Prophet Mohammed. If it is spelled  أمينة then it is derived from the Arabic word  امين(amin) meaning “truthful.”

Both names can  be transliterated as Aminah. 

As of 2010, Amina was the most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, while its Slavicized variation of Emina was the 6th most popular. Its rankings in other countries are as follows:

# 92 (Slovenia, 2010)
#166 (France, 2009)
# 224 (the Netherlands, 2010)
# 707 (the United States, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

Amina Амина (Albanian/Algerian/Amharic/Arabic/Bosnian/Chechen/Farsi/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Tunisian/Russian/Tatar)
Aminat Aманат (Chechen/Kazakh)
Emina Эмина (Azeri/Bosnian)
Yamina (Berber)
Aminata (Swahili)

Amine (Turkish)