Faaria, Faria, Farya

  • Origin: Arabic فارعة
  • Meaning: “lofty; tall; towering; slender; slim; beautiful; handsome; pretty.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: Arabic: fah-REE…AH; Urdu: FAR-yah

The name is derived from the Arabic word فَارِع (fari) which can mean “tall; lofty” and also “slim; slender” as well as “beautiful; handsome; pretty.” It is derived from the Arabic verbal root ف ر ع (f-r-‘) meaning, “to ascend.” The same root shares is also related فَرْع‎ (farʿ), meaning “tree branch; hair; mountain top; upper part,” which is why some websites list it as meaning, “beautiful hair.”


Mahvash, Mehwish

  • Origin: Persian مهوش
  • Urdu: مہوش, Hindi: महवश
  • Meaning: “beautiful like the moon; moonlike; moonfaced.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: Per (MAH-vash); Urdu (MAY-wish)

Mahvash is a Persian name meaning “beautiful like the moon” or “moon-like.” It’s Urdu offshoot is Mehwish and its Turkish form is Mehveş.

Though it is a pre-Islamic Persian name, it is a popular name used among Muslims in India and is also used in Pakistan.

Mahvash was the stage name of a renowned Persian entertainer from the 1950s.

Mahvash Disease is the name of a type of an autosomal recessive, hereditary pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor syndrome. However, I could not find the reason why it is specifically called Mahvash disease.

Mehwish is borne by Pakistani actress, Mehwish Hayat (b. 1983).


Javid, Javed

  • Origin: Persian جاوید
  • Urdu: جاوید
  • Punjabi: : ਜਾਵੇਦ)
  • Meaning: “eternal; immortal.”
  • Gender: masculine

The name is derived from the Persian جاود (Javid), meaning “eternal, immortal.”

The name was borne by Azerbaijani poet and playwrite, Huseyn Javid (Hüseyn Cavid) 1882-1941.

Other forms include:

  • Cavid (Azeri/Turkish)
  • Dzhavid Джавид (Chuvash)
  • Javidi ჯავიდი (Georgian)
  • Yavid (Spanish)
  • Javaid جاوید (Urdu)
  • Jawed جاوید (Urdu)



  • Origin: Arabic معصومة
  • Meaning: “innocent; sinless.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: MAH-soo-mah

The name is from the Arabic word meaning “innocent; sinless.” It was the sobriquet of a Shia Muslim saint by the name of Fatimah bint Musa, known as Fatimah al-Masumah (circ. 7th-century CE). She was the daughter of the seventh Twelver Shi’a Imam, Musa al-Kadhim and the sister of the eight Twelver Shia Imam, Ali al-Rida. Her shrine, which is located in Qom, Iran, is an important point of pilgrimage for many Shi’a Muslims.

The name was also borne by Masuma Sultan Begun (d. 1509), the Queen Consort of the Ferghana Valley & Samarkand & the fourth wife of Emperor Babur, founder of the Mughul Dynasty.

A variant transliteration is Massouma.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Məsumə (Azeri)
  • Masoumeh معصومه (Persian)
  • Masume (Turkish)



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Persian
Meaning: “light of the assembly.”
Urdu spelling شاهزادی روشن آرا بیگم

The name was borne by a Pakistani princess, Roshanara Begum (1617-1671).

She was the second eldest daughter of the Moghul ruler, Shah Jahan.

She is the most renowned woman in Moghul history, known for her exploits with her brother Aurangzeb, who together, seized the throne away from their other incompetent brothers. She was said to be an advisor to her brother.

She was also known for her many sexual liasons and exploits, something which was frowned upon in Islamic society at the time.

Her brother, Aurangzeb, had her imprisoned in her garden palace. She was caught by her brother with another lover, and was sentenced to a slow death by poisoning.

She is buried in the Roshanara Bagh, a garden which she commissioned herself in Delhi.

The British later built a club in the middle of the garden, calling it the Roshanara Club.

(upper left, Roshanara Bagh).