Latif is a masculine given-name which comes directly from the Arabic word لَطِيف (gentle; kind; benevolent). In Islam, Al-Latif لطيف, (the Kind; the Benevolent) is one of the 99 names of Allah (God). It’s feminine form is Latifa.
Latif & Latifa are commonly used throughout the Islamic world.
A notable American bearer is actress & singer, Queen Latifah.
Pronunciation: SID-dee; SIT-tee (depending on language & dialect)
The name comes from the Sanskrit noun सिद्धि (siddhi), meaning “perfection, attainment, accomplishment,” which is a concept that refers to the attainment of magical, paranormal or psychic abilities through meditation and yoga. It is a concept found in Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism.
In Hinduism, it is the name of one of Lord Ganesha’s wives, the other being named Riddhi.
The name is the English form of the Late Latin Prosperus (fortunate, successful). It was borne by a 5th-century French saint who was a follower of St. Augustine of Hippo as well as a 5th-century Italian saint.
The name was also sporadically used among the Puritans.
The name comes from the Arabic meaning “mind; wisdom” or “the ability to think.” It appears in pre-Islamic North Arabia as the name of a goddess associated with the sun, her South Arabic counterpart being Shams. It has been suggested by some scholars that her name is linked with the Semitic root N-H-Y meaning “the ultimate.”
In Islam, the word appears in a few verses of the Quran, verse 20:54 and verse 20:128.
Other transliterations include: Noha, Nohaa, Nouha & Nuhaa.