Latif, Latifa

  • Origin: Arabic لَطِيْف
  • Meaning: “gentle; kind; benevolent.”

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.

Other forms include:

  • Latıif (m), Latıifa (f) (Avar)
  • Lətif (m), Lətife (f) (Azeri)
  • Latheef, Latheefa (Dhivehi)
  • Latifah (f) (Indonesian, Malaysian)
  • Letîf (m), Letîfe (f) (Kurdish)
  • Lәtyjif (m), Lәtyjifә (f) (Tatar)
  • Letife (f) (Turkish)
  • Lateef لطیف, Lateefa(h) (Urdu)



  • Origin: Sanskrit सिद्धि
  • Marathi: सिद्धि
  • Meaning: “perfection, attainment, completion; accomplishment; success.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • 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.


Santosh, Santosa


  • Origin: Sanskrit संतोष
  • Meaning: “satisfaction; contentment.”
  • Gender: masculine
  • (SAN-tosh, SAN-to-shah)

The name is from the Sanskrit word for “satisfaction; contentment.”

Sentosa Island is the name of an island in Singapore which gets its name from the Malay word of the same etymology.

Other forms include: Santosa, Santhosa & Santhos.





  • Origin: English, French
  • Gender: masculine

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.

Other forms include:

  • Prósperu (Asturian)
  • Pròsper (Catalan)
  • Prošper (Croatian)
  • Prosperus (Dutch, Late Latin)
  • Prosper (Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Polish)
  • Prospero (Italian)
  • Prosperino (Italian)
  • Prospa (Kiswahili)
  • Próspero (Portuguese/Spanish)

It was also borne by French poet, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (1674–1762) & French novelist, Prosper Mérimée (1803–1870).

Prospero is the name of one of the protagonists in Shakespeare’s Tempest.



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  • Origin: Arabic نهى
  • Meaning: “mind; wisdom; reason; intelligence.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • (NOO-hah)

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.



  • Origin: Arabic صَابِرة
  • Meaning: “patient.”
  • Gender: female
  • (SAW-bee-ruh)

The name is derived from the Arabic صَابِر (ṣābir) meaning “patient.”

Other forms include: Sabeera, Sabira, Sabra and Sabrah.

Masculine forms are Sabeer, Sabir & Sabr.




A Young Arab Girl by August Alexius Canzi courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Origin: Arabic سميحة
Meaning: generous; forgiving
Gender: feminine

The name is derived from the Arabic verb سامح (smh), which means “to condone; excuse; forgive; overlook; pardon” and can also be translated as to mean “lenient, generous.”

Other transliterations include: Sameeha (Urdu) and Samihah.

A masculine more unusual form is Samih سامح.