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Updated January 30, 2024

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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

How Popular Is The Name Amir

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.


According to Social Security Administration data, Amir has been increasingly popular, gaining momentum after breaking the top 200 in 2015. It reached peak popularity in 2020, ranking in at 117.

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:

Nicknames for Amir

  • Mir

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