Arabic Names & The Muslims' Qu'ran The Semitic language spoken in northern Africa and the Middle East is Arabic. Spoken in several various dialects by approximately 206,000,000 native speakers, Arabic currently holds the #5 spot in most spoken world languages. The Muslim bible, the Qu' ran, is written from right to left using Classical Arabic. The Arab world and several other Muslim areas typically use Arabic names originated from Arabic but some use other origins, as well. Aramaic Descended Arabic Alphabet Arabic's alphabet is an abjad, representing only consonants, not displayed vowels. Farsi, Pashto,  Urdu, and other languages use the Arabic alphabet which is derived from the Aramaic alphabet, descended originally from Phoenician alphabet. An Arabic letter changes shape according to its placement within the word (beginning, middle, end). Individual shapes stand alone as letter representation. Vowels are not written, but diacritics can be used when necessary. Vocabulary words from the Semitic language (Arabic) are the major derivation for Arabic given names. Multiple transliterations exist for Arabic resulting in a plethora for names, spellings, forms, etc., which caused a security nightmare during 911. Muslim Arabic Names Although the Muslim and Arabic-speaking worlds hold similar views, not all Muslims use Arabic names. Some followers of the religion (absolutism) of Islam also use Iranian names and Turkish names. The Qur'an written in the Arabic language, lists 99 attributes contributed to it's god, Allah, which are common sources for many Arabic names. Aziz and Rahsid are frequently used examples which originate from the Muslim bible. Similarities in the Holy Bible and the Qur'an can be found in mentioning names, however Christianity and the religion of Islam serve very different gods. Biblical Names which also serve as Muslim names because they appear in the Qur'an Michael (Mika'il) Gabriel (Jibril) Jesus ('Isa) Satan or Devil (Iblis or Shaytan) Adam (Adam) Abraham (Ibrahim) Cain (Qabil) Ishmael (Isma'il) Abel (Habil) Isaac (Ishaq) Elijah; Elias (Ilyas) Zechariah (Zakariyya) Elisha (Alyasa') Samuel (Samawal) Enoch (Idris) John the Baptist (Yahya) Ezekiel (Dhu l-Kifl) Ezra ('Uzayr) Moses (Musa) Jonah (Yunus) Jacob (Ya'qub) Noah (Nuh) Job (Ayyub) Benjamin (Benyamin) Joseph (Yusuf)  David (Dawud) Solomon (Sulayman) Goliath (Jalut) Lot's wife (Lut's wife) Lot (Lut) Miriam (Musa's sister) Korah (Qarun) Pharaoh (Fir'aun)  Terah (Azar) Potiphar (Al-'Aziz) Mary (Maryam) Potiphar's wife (Al-'Aziz's wife) Queen of Sheba (Queen of Saba') Haman (Haman) Lengthy Naming Custom A complete Arabic name is rather lengthy consisting 4+ name types and male distinctions. The standard names like “the ism” (given),“nasab” patronymic origin (fr the father)and “nisba” surname or family name, are included. Additionally, Arabicnicknames“laqab” and birth order prefixes like kunya, “first born son of…”, usually accompany A similar naming custom has occurred in English names for centuries originating with the Pilgrims and still evident in the US today. First names such as Hope and Joy are puritanical vocabulary names. Mercedes, Precious, and Trinity are modern word usage typical in African American communities today. The always trending American names Willow, Summer, and Faith are currently popular. “The Arab Spring” In Europe & America English speaking areas such as England and the US, also have seen various Arabic naming trends nearly always from Muslims living in the countries who've adapted spellings derived from the original Arabic spellings. The name, Aaliyah, received Western popularity from its bearer Aaliyah Haughton (1979 – 2001). The baby girl name continues to be frequently used by both English and Arabic speaking people.  Aaliyah ranks #46 in the US, Australia #107, and is increasing in popularity in France where the Muslim population is rapidly rising. Malik (king) is a popular Westernized spelling of Maalik meaning “owner, possessor”. Arabic Name Gender-Form (origin)  Meaning Aaliyah  F- form for Aali (lofty & high, sublime) Malik   M-Maalik (possessor,owner or the arc angel Michael) Abd-al-Aziz Abdul M derived fr Abd-al prefix (servant of the …)  Rahman  M-attribute of Allah (Merciful) So someone whose name is Abdul Rahman means “the servant of the Merciful”, and Abdul is only a title, not a personal name. Very few girl names are found in Arabic orgins, the female identity is that of her father or husband in the traditional Arabic world, and expressly in the Muslim world. Zakiya or Zakia meaning “pure” are 2 forms originating from Arabic and used for Muslim baby girls. Rushda is another popular female name which means”knowledge, guidance, and true path”