Meaning and Origin of: Amir

Meaning and Origin of Amir

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Arabic : Princely

What does Amir mean and stand for?

The name Amir is of Arabic origin and means "prince, ruler, treetop." Originally used as a title, Amir came into the English language from the Arabic word emir.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic ‛amīr ‘prince’, ‘commander’, ‘master’. ‛Amri-al-Mu’minīn ‘commander of the faithful’ was a title of Muslim khalifs.
  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic ‛āmir ‘prosperous’.
  • Jewish (Sephardic) : adoption of the Arabic name.


Amir is the number 117 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2020 Social Security Administration data. It has been increasingly popular, gaining momentum after breaking the top 200 in 2015.

However, it is the 11th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Amir was at its peak popularity in April 2019.

Amir is a popular Middle Eastern name that is typically chosen for someone with an elevated title. Actor Amir Arison, actor Amir Blumenfeld, musician Amir Derakh, and basketball player Amir Johnson are all notable namesakes. Recently, rapper Omar Epps chose the name for his song. Amir was also chosen as the name of a character in the bestseller The Kite Runner.

Where is it Popular?

Amir was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names