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70 Muslim Boy Names (and Their Urdu Meanings)

Considering a Muslim name for your baby boy? Learn about Muslim naming traditions and history, as well as the significance and meaning of each name in Urdu.
The Top Muslim Boy Names for Your Little One
Updated: June 17, 2024
Fact checked by  Devika Tomar
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As you consider a Muslim boy name for your little one, you can choose from many sources of inspiration. You might draw inspiration for the perfect name by considering trending names or unique names.

The most important thing to reflect on when choosing a Muslim baby boy name is to make sure that the name carries significant meaning and that you avoid making an Islamic name sound more Western. Muslim names are often inspired by the Quran or holy book or by Quranic verses.

More: A Complete List of Muslim Last Names and Meanings

Here are 70 of the current most popular Muslim names for boys along with their meanings:

Popular Muslim Boy Names

  1. ​​​​Abbas: Lion, stern 
  2. Abraham: Father of a multitude
  3. Ahmad: The most praised, noble, admirable 
  4. Ahmed: Praiseworthy or commendable, name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  5. Ali: High, elevated, high in rank or champion
  6. Ameer: Prince or ruler
  7. Hussain: Good, handsome, or beautiful
  8. Jamal: Beauty, grace
  9. Kamal: Perfection and excellence
  10. Karim: Generous or noble
  11. Malik: Lord, ruler or master 
  12. Mohamed: Praised or commendable
  13. Mohammed: Laudable, a form of Muhammad
  14. Muhammad: Praised, thanked, appreciated
  15. Nazir: Similar, comparable
  16. Omar: Flourishing or long-lived
  17. Rashad: Straight
  18. Salim: Safe or undamaged, tranquility
  19. Samir: Holy or charming companion
  20. Umair: Life and long-lived
  21. Yusuf: To increase in power
  22. Zayd: To prosper, superabundance
A muslim boy with his parents

Unique and Rare Muslim Boy Names

  1. Aabid: One who worships
  2. Aadil: One who acts with justice and fairness
  3. Abd: Slave or servant
  4. Aamir: Full, prosperous
  5. Aariz: Respectable and intelligent man
  6. Fajr: Daybreak or dawn
  7. Habib: Beloved or most loved
  8. Hadi: Leader or guide
  9. Hadith: History or tradition
  10. Jibran: To create good change, to  help the poor
  11. Junaid: Soldier or warrior, a Sufi saint
  12. Maheer: Bold, brave, courageous
  13. Misam: Beautiful, cute, or attractive
  14. Moosa: Save by the water, name of a Prophet, the Arabic form of Moses
  15. Naif: Excess or surplus
  16. Sibtain: Imam Hassan and Hussain Title in Urdu
  17. Talha: Fruitful tree from heaven
  18. Tawfeeq: Success or prosperity, reconciliation
  19. Uzair: Helper or strength
  20. Waqas: Combatant, soldier, warrior, warlike
  21. Zuhayr: Sparkling, brilliant
  22. Zulfiqar: Cleaver of the spine, that which has vertebrae
  23. Zunair: Light of the moon, shine

Modern Muslim Boy Names

  1. Aban: Clear, lucid
  2. Adeel: One who acts with justice and fairness
  3. Adnan: Settler or pioneer
  4. Arham: Most merciful, kindness
  5. Arsal: The one who was sent
  6. Asal: Honey
  7. Athar: Very pious or pure
  8. Ayaan: God’s gift
  9. Danish: A Persian word that means knowledge or wisdom
  10. Emir: Prince or local king
  11. Faiz: Victorious, conquering, triumphant
  12. Hakeem: Wise or intelligent
  13. Haider: Lion, brave, fortunate
  14. Hammad: Praiser
  15. Haris: Guardian angel, watchman, cultivator
  16. Jad: Generous, hard worker 
  17. Kairo: Victorious
  18. Khalil: Friend
  19. Nasir: Helper or one who gives victory
  20. Omari: Thriving
  21. Rafayet: Highness, sublimity
  22. Rayan: Soft touch, fresh, paradise gate
  23. Safi: Pure, clear 
  24. Tabish: Warmth or brilliance
  25. Talal: Nice, admirable

Muslim Naming Traditions

The following are important points to keep in mind when choosing Islamic baby boy names:

The most popular names relate to Muhammad. Muhammad is the founder of Islam, so many families choose to honor him or his characteristics with their name choices for Muslim boys. Muhammad emphasized that names carry importance and that they should be chosen with honor and respect.

Traditionally, Arab Muslims choose names that are derived from Islam or that are traditional Arab names. Arab Christians often share the same names as Arab Muslims. Names can be put together in various ways depending on a person’s lineage and family origins.

For example, names can be put together in the form of a personal name, followed by the father’s personal name, and ending with the grandfather’s personal name. Another option is to have the personal name followed by the father’s personal name, and then by the family name.

For more baby name inspiration check out these popular baby name lists:

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