100+ Best Arabic Boy Names And Their Meanings (With Audio)

100+ Best Arabic Boy Names And Their Meanings (With Audio)

While Arabic girl names lean more towards the notion of femininity, physical beauty, and shyness, Arabic boy names tend to connote chivalric and religious values, and don’t pay much attention to appearances.

Below you’ll find a list of the most common Arabic boy names in the Middle East and North Africa.

There are obviously more than 100 male names in the Arabic language, but you could use the following table as a starting point and experiment with the suggested names. You can always derive a second name from the initial one (example: Mohammad -> Ahmad -> Mahmoud.)

While going through this list, keep these things in mind:

  • Many names contain religious connotations: this is not a shocking point because the Arabic language relies heavily on the Quran as a linguistic reference. Adjectives and nouns that have a positive meaning in the Quran tend to be used as male names.
  • Many names are derivatives: some are derivatives of content words such as adjectives and nouns, while some others are derivatives of other similar names. You will notice the frequency of the phrase “A derivative of” and hopefully manage to create a connection between the name and its semantic source.
  • Some names have no semantic explanation, but refer to heroic or religious figures, such as “Zakaria.”
  • Many names refer to strong animals, mainly the lion. Given the symbolic figure of the signified (the lion), the signifier (what a lion stands for) makes the lion an attractive option.

NOTE: Names can have alternative spellings in English and sometimes even Arabic (e.g. you might see some names written with a ‘taa marbuta’ or ‘aleph’ ending). It doesn’t change the pronunciation of the name.


Names starting with A

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Ahmad AH-madأَحْمَدAhmad is one of the most used names in the Arab world. It was originally one of Prophet Mohammad’s names, and it means “gratitude and thankfulness.”
Amine A-MEENأَمِينThis is one of Prophet Mohammad’s names, and it refers to fidelity and trustworthiness.
Ashraf ASH-rafأَشْرَف“Achraf” is a popular Arabic name, and it implies highness, social refinement, and honor. This name is in the superlative form, which means that it does not exist in the plural form.
Ayman AY-manأَيْمَنA derivative of the noun “Yomn”, which means “blessing”. “Ayman” is someone who blesses his people with love and respect, and who uses his right hand.

Names starting with B

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Badis Ba-DEESبَادِيسA Berber male name meaning “Father of Bravery”. This name is prevalent in North Africa given its Berber background, but a small portion of the Middle Eastern population carries it as well.
Badr BadrبَدْرThis unisex name means “a complete moon”.
Bahij Ba-HEEG Ba-HEEJبَهِيجAn adjective referring to extreme states of happiness. Men called “Bahij” are expected to cheer others up and bring joy to others’ lives. \ Feminine form: Bahija
Basel BAA-selبَاسِلThis name has chivalric implications. It means “the hero who fights a lot of combats, and who fears nothing.” Bassel is one of the names associated to lions, and it also means “a lion hearted man.”
Bassem BAA-semبَاسِمA derivative of the noun “basma”, which means “a smile” “Bassam” is someone who smiles frequently, and who makes people smile, too
Bayram BAY-ramبَيْرَمThis Arabic authentic name is still prevalent nowadays. It means “aid, blessings, and happiness.” It is argued that “Bayram” is a Turkish name, but it’s still a common name in the ARab world regardless.
Bilal Bi-LAALبِلَالAn Arabic authentic name meaning “dew”. It comes from the noun “balal” (wetness), and the most popular figure who had this name in Islamic history is the mu’adhin Bilal Al-Habashi.

Names starting with D

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Dali DA-leeدَالِيA derivative of “Dalal”, meaning “spoinling, treating.” Dali is someone who treats others nicely. Interestingly enough, this name means “a crazy person” in Turkish!

Names starting with G

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Ghali GHAA-leeغَالِيAn adjective that means “expensive”.
Ghassan Ghas-SAANغَسَّانThis name refers to a river in Tohama. It means to youth and good health.
Ghayth GHAY-thغَيْثThis name is largely common, and it has three positive connotations: 1) A cloud or heavy rain, 2) A derivative of “Eghatha”, meaning, “rescuing.” and 3) A rare plant.
Ghazi GHAA-zeeغَازِيThe fearless soldier who fights for religious causes.
Ghofran Ghof-RAANغُفْرَانA superlative form of the verb “ghafar”, which means “forgiveness”.

Names starting with H

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Habib Ha-BEEBحَبِيبْA derivative of “hobb”, meaning “love”. In semantic terms, “Habib” means “lover” or “the beloved”, and it’s an authentic Arabic name, also largely common among all Arab populations.
Hadef HAA-defهَادِفSomeone who always hits the right target. This name derives from the noun “Hadaf”, meaning, “target.”
Hadi HAA-deeهَادِيIn Islamic theology, Al Hadi is one of Allah’s names, and it means “Allah guiding people’s hearts to Islam.” However, since Muslims are forbidden from carrying Allah’s names in their original connotations, Hedi also means, in a human sense, “someone who groups people together and guides them through the right track.”
Haidar HAI-darحَيْدَرThis name is also one of the lion’s names. it connotes beauty and royalty, and it’s more popular among Shiite Muslims.
Haitham HAY-tham هَيْثَمMeans “Falcon”, and it’s one of the noble birds in the Arab culture, as it does not feed on leftovers, but on what it hunts immediately.
Hamad HA-madحَامِدMeans “someone who is always thankful and grateful.” This name epitomizes gratitude and satisfaction, and can be noticed in the famous Islamic prayer:“Al hamdu lellah.”
Hamza HAM-zaحَمْزَةA popular Arabic name meaning “the lion”, and it also means “seriousness and strictness.”
Hatem HA-temحَاتِمThe judge and commander. “Hatem” is also a name for the raven.
Hasan HA-sanحَسَنْAlthough this name sounds similar to “Hassan”, it carries slightly different connotations. In fact, this name means “extreme politeness” or “large sand piles.”
Hassan Has-SANحَسَّانThis name is a derivative of the noun “hosn”, which can mean either “extreme beauty” or “extreme sensitivity”. Both connotations are positive and desirable.
Hazem HA-zemحَازِمA derivative of the noun “hazm”, which means “strictness.”
Houssein Hos-SEINحُسَيْنThis name is a derivative of “Hasan”, but carries connotations that are more religious. It’s mostly used in Shiite regions as well as North Africa.

Names starting with J (G in some dialects)

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Jaber GAA-ber JAA-berجَابِرSomeone who repairs people’s emotional and psychological damage. Jaber is also someone who helps the poor. It’s a derivative of the noun “Al-Jaber”, which is one of Allah’s names. \ "Jobran” is a derivative of this name, but it’s less common, and refers mainly to the writer “Jobran Khaleel Jobran”.
Jad GAAD JAADجَادA derivative of the noun “Joud”, which means extreme generosity and fairness. This name also refers to serious people who rarely act playful.
Jamal Ga-MAAL Ja-MAALجَمَالSemantically, this name is a noun form of “Beauty”. However, unlike its female equivalent “Jamila”, this male name connotes not physical beauty, but inner peace, good manners, kindness, and positive attitude.
Jasem GAA-ssem JAA-ssemجَاسِمThis name refers to robust male bodies. It describes muscular men who are also fair and strict.
Jasser GAA-sser JAA-sserجَاسِرA derivative of the adjective “Jasour” and the noun “Jasara”, which mean “courage, bravery, and fearlessness.”
Jannah GAN-nah JAN-nahجَنَّةThis name means “Paradise.”
Jihad Gi-HAAD Ji-HAADجِهَاد“Jihad” is a unisex name which means “struggle and resistance for the causes of Islam. This name is also mentioned in Qur’an, and it’s widely common among Muslim Arabs.

Names starting with K

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Kadhem KAA-dhemكَاظِمSomeone who controls his anger. This name occurs as an adjective in Qur’an, and it’s considered as a positive attribute.
Khaled KHAA-ledخَالِدA derivative of the noun “Kholoud”, meaning, “eternity.” Some people use this name to wish their newborn a long and beautiful life, while others use it as a reference to Commander Khaled Ebn Al Walid.
Khalil Kha-LEELخَلِيلThe loyal and trustworthy friend. This name is one of the most used names in the Arab world across all cultural and religious backgrounds.
Kamal Ka-MAALكَمَالA derivative of the noun “Kamal,” which means: perfection. This name connotes idealistic values and manners attributed to the person.
Karam KA-ramكَرَمA derivative of “Kareem.”
Karim Ka-REEMكَرِيمA derivative of the adjective “Kareem” and the noun “Karam”, meaning, someone who is truly generous and selfless.

Names starting with M

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Ma’moun Ma’-MOONمَأمُونA derivative of the name “A-mena”, meaning, someone who can be fully trusted.
Mabrouk Mab-ROOKمَبْرُوكA widely popular name in the Gulf and in North Africa and it means “the blessed” or “someone who blesses his surroundings.”
Madeh MAA-dehمَادِحْA derivative of the verb “to praise.” It also refers to poets and writers who praise royalty in their literature.
Mahjoub Mah-GOOB Mah-JOOBمَحْجُوبIn the Arabic language, the verb “Hajab” means “to cover” or “to keep something secret.” Mahjoub is a person who is well loved by others, but who is also mysterious.
Maher MAA-herمَاهِرAn authentic Arabic name which means “the masterful”, “the skilled”, and “the proficient.”
Majed MAG-d MAJ-dمَجْدThis is a noun which means “victory.” It also means “highness”, “values”, and “honor.”
Malek MAA-lekمَالِكSomeone who owns something or is in control of a situation. This name is one of Allah’s names, as He owns the entire universe.
Marouan Mar-WAANمَرْوَانStrong stones that are used to light the fire. It’s also a name for basil.
Mohammad Mo-HAMMADمُحَمَّدA derivative of the verb “Hamad”, meaning, to be thankful and grateful. The most popular figure with this name is Prophet Mohammad.
Mohrez MOH-rezمُحْرِزFrom the Arabic verb “Ahraz”, meaning, “the protector of valuable items and values.”
Mohsen MOH-senمُحْسِنA derivative of the noun “Ihsaan”, meaning, “the good-doing,” and “the loyal.”
Mohy Al Din MOH-y al DEENمُحْي الدِّينThis name translates literally into “the reviver of religion(Islam.) This composed name means “someone who fights for Islam and Islamic teachings.”
Montassar Monta-SARمُنْتَصَرA derivative of the name “Intissar”, meaning, victory, and resistance.
Morjan Mor-GAAN Mor-JAANمُرْجَانA Persian name meaning “coral.”
Mostafa MOS-tafaمُصْطَفَىIn Islamic theology, Al-Mostafa is the Prophet Mohammad, and it means “the chosen from many”. This name is also used as an adjective to describe all the prophets. \ In Christian theology, Mostafa refers to Paul the Apostle.
Moujahed Mou-GAA-hed Mou-JAA-hedمُجَاهِدA derivative of the noun “Jihad”, meaning, “to fight for Islam.” Mujahed is a name that connotes struggle, commitment, and dedication. Despite its pronounced religious implications, this name can also target other goals in life.
Mourad Mo-RAADمُرَادA derivative of the verb “Araad”, meaning, “to want”. It means “the wanted, the desired, the demanded.”

Names starting with N

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Nader NAA-derنَادِرThis name means “the rare, the pairless.”
Nadhem NAA-dhemنَاظِمThis beautiful name means “the writer”or“the composer” or “the poet.”
Najed NAA-ged NAA-jedنَاجِدThis name means “the brave rescuer.” It also refers to something that’s set higher than surface level, and, in this sense, this name can mean “the honorable” or “royal.”
Najeh NAA-geh NAA-jehنَاجِحThis name derives from the noun “najah”, which means, “success”. Najeh is “the successful” and “the achiever”.
Nebrass Neb-RAASSنِبْرَاسNebrass is one of the lion’s names. It also means “a spear” or “a lamp.”

Names starting with O

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Oussama O-SAA-maأُسَامَةThis name has been prevalent for centuries. It refers to courage, bravery, and affluence. From a semantic perspective, “Oussama” is one of the names of the lion.

Names starting with R

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Rayyan Ray-YAANرَيَّانFrom the Arabic verb “Ertawaa” (to quench one’s thirst).Rayyan is someone who fills others with love and affection.
Riadh Re-YAADHرِيَاضPlural noun for “Rawdha”, meaning, “a beautiful garden.”
Rashed RAA-shedرَاشِدA derivative of “Roshd”, meaning, “the rational, the wise.”
Ragheb RAA-ghebرَاغِبFrom the verb “ragheb” (to want). “Ragheb” means “someone who always wants more and aspires for better things in life.”
Raed RAA-edرَائِدThis name derives from the verb “Raad”, which means “to check.” Raed means “the masterful, the honest, the practical, the loving, and the compassionate.”
Ragi RAA-geeرَاجِيA name which means “someone who expects forgiveness from God.”
Rami RAA-meeرَامِيFrom the verb “Ramaa”, meaning, to aim at a target and hit it right.
Ramzi RAM-zeeرَمْزِيMeans “to hint.” In this sense, the name refers to someone who prefers insinuation to overt expressiveness.
Rimah Re-MAAHرِمَاحPlural for “Romh” (a spear). This name refers to someone who makes spears and uses them skillfully.
Refaat REF-aatرِفْعَتْFrom the verb “Rafaa” (to hold up). This name refers to someone of high value and social status.
Raouf Ra-OOFرَؤُوفْThis name means “the kind and forgiving.” “Al Raouf” is one of Allah’s names, and it connotes mercy, divine forgiveness, and guidance to the right track.
Ridha Ri-DHAAرِضَاThis name connotes satisfaction and gratitude.
Rajab RA-jabرَجَبْ“Rajab” is the seventh month in Hijri calendar. Semantically, it means “great”, which explains why many Arabs choose this holy month as a name for their male newborns.

Names starting with T

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Taj Al Din Tag al DEEN Taj al DEENتَاج الدِّينAn Urdu name that’s also widely popular in the Arab world, and it refers to the wreath which kings place on their heads as a sign of dominance.
Tamer TAA-merتَامِرA derivative of “tamr”, meaning “date”. This name is likely to mean “someone who sells dates”.
Taeb TAA-‘ebتَائِبThis name has strong religious connotations, and it means “the repentant”, someone who found his way back to God after a long history of sinning.
Tayyeb TAY-yebطَيِّبAntonymous of “profane”, “impure”, and “sinful”. This name epitomizes purity, kindness, good manners, and closeness to God.
Tabeth TAA-bethتَابِثْTabeth is a kind of fine and rare deer. It’s one of the most beautiful names in the Arabic language, and it originates from the Aramaic language.
Taqy Ta-QYتَقِيThis name is originally an adjective that means “extreme fear and obedience to God”. This name has been mentioned in Qur’an multiple times However, it’s one of the names that one should avoid because it implies a lot of self-praising
Tamim Ta-MEEMتَمِيمA perfect and complete man with no vile attributes. In some regions, “Tamim” is a charm that parents attach to their children’s clothes to protect them from the evil eye.
Tawfiq Taw-FEE2 Taw-FEEQتَوْفِيقSomeone who helps tribes and nations reconcile.

Names starting with W

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Walid Wa-LEEDوَلِيدA derivative of the verb “Walad”, which means “to give birth”. Accordingly, Walid is “the newborn”. One of the most popular historical figures who bear this name was Khaled Ibn Al Walid.
Wadie Wa-DEEAوَدِيعAn authentic Arabic name which means “a calm person who keeps others good company.” A less optimistic connotation to this name is “the graveyard”, but people prefer to take the first meaning.
Wael WA-elوَائِلA derivative of the verb “Wal”, meaning, “to return”. It also means “peace” as referred to by traditional Arabic literature. Even though “Wael” is an old Arabic name, it’s still used today thanks to its sonorous attributes.
Wahid Wa-HEEDوَحِيدThe introverted; someone who prefers to be on his own.
Wassim Wa-SSEEMوَسِيمA handsome, good-looking man who also smiles a lot.

Names starting with Y

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Yassine YAA-SEENيَاسِينThis name was inspired from the Quranic verse:”Ya, Seen.” It is argued that this name has Ethiopian roots, which mean “Man”, or “O, Man.”
Yosri YOS-reeيُسْرِيA derivative of the noun “Yosr” which means “easiness and flexibility.” Yosr is a person who is easy to communicate with, and who doesn’t overcomplicate matters.

Names starting with Z

Name in EnglishPronunciationArabic SpellingMeaning and Etymology
Zein ZEE-nزَيْنA unisex name which means “extreme beauty and impeccable manners.” It can also refer to dew, but this connotation is less common than the first.
Zaydan Zay-DAANزَيْدَانMeaning “endless growth and abundance.” This optimistic and positive name has started to flourish again.
Zohaier Zo-HAYRزُهَيْرThis name has two meanings: 1) a highly attractive person who instantly catches everyone’s attention, 2) a derivative of the noun “Zahra”, meaning, “a flower.”
Zahi ZAA-heeزَاهِيThe arrogant and ostentatious.
Zakaria Zaka-REE-yaزَكَرِيَّاA reference to Prophet Zakaria. This name has Hebrew roots, and it means “God names”. It is also argued that the name “Zack” is a derivative of “Zakaria.” In all cases, this name is inherently religious, and is popular in the Arab world as well as the Western nations.
Zobeir Zo-BEYRزُبَيْرSemantically, this name means “stones.” Accordingly, it refers to someone who is as robust as a stone, and who is noticeably smart, wise, and strong.
Zeid ZEYDزَيْدTo multiply in number and abundance.
Ziad Ze-YAADزِيَادA derivative of “Zeid.”

Male Arabic names reflect character

Boy names in Arabic are either religiously and historically significant, or indicative of one’s character.

Just like Arabic girl names, many of these go back to Islamic and even pre-Islamic Arabia, though you’ll find the names used by other religious groups too. Names like Muhammed and Ahmad are exclusively used by Muslims.

If you’re expecting a boy, perhaps you should consider one of the names listed above. 😄


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