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Updated January 2, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Arabic : Friend, lover
  • Arabic : Beautiful, good friend
  • Arabic : Trustworthy

What does Khalil mean and stand for?

The name Khalil is of Arabic origin and means "friend."

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How Popular Is The Name Khalil

Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic khalīl ‘friend’. Khalīl-ullah ‘friend of Allah’ is an honorific title given to the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). See the Qur’an 4:125: ‘Allah took Abraham as his friend.’

What Does the Name Khalil Mean?

The name Khalil is of Arabic origin and means "friend." The name was first brought to America by poet Kahlil Gibran.

How Popular is the Name Khalil?

Khalil is the number 294 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It has slowly been climbing the ranks over the last two decades.

However, it is the 4th most popular name on

Popularity of the Name Khalil in the United States

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Khalil was at its peak popularity in September 2018.

Khalil was searched for most often in the following states:

  1. Illinois
  2. Wisconsin
  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Jersey
  5. California

Famous People Named Khalil and Khalil in Pop Culture

As mentioned above, The Prophet author Khalil Gibran brought the name to America. Other notable namesakes include singer Khalil Fong, actor Khalil Kain, and football player Khalil Mack. The name has yet to make an impact on pop culture, however.

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